'I am a conservationist' – is Abbott the only person who believes that?

Tony Abbott recently told a community forum that "I'm as much a conservationist as Bob Brown".  Here is Bob's response, originally published in the Guardian on 16 June 2014. 

In February 2012, as leader of the Greens, I made a courtesy call on Tony Abbott. He had just pipped Malcolm Turnbull in a party room vote for the leadership of the opposition. He looked straight at me and said, "I am an environmentalist!"

I did not roll my eyes or argue. I had heard the like before. The CEO of Tasmania's Hydro-Electric Commission, after flooding Lake Pedder and at the height of the controversy over damming the Franklin River, maintained that he was an environmentalist. So have a string of other dam-builders, loggers and gougers of the Earth.

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A Whale of a Win

Wild Magazine, April 2014

The International Court of Justice's decision to ban Japan's whale slaughter in Antarctic waters is a bolt of optimism from the blue. Raise a glass. Celebrate the 12 to 4 judges decision which reflects remarkably closely the the 80 per cent opposition in Australia to whaling, logging of ancient forests and coal or coal seam gas extraction without farmers' agreements.

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Tasmania: a death warrant against pristine forests Abbott has never seen

The Guardian, 6th March 2014

Prime Minister Abbott's rousingly-received speech to an audience of loggers at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday night had a Biblical ring to it.

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What do Abbott and the Taliban have in common

The Age, 5th September 2013

In 2001 the world reacted with horror as it saw graphic film of the Taliban dynamiting the Buddhas of Bamiyan, two giant 6th-century statues of Buddha in central Afghanistan. 

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