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Bob Brown
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Environmentalist, born in Oberon, NSW, into a family which supported the Country Party.

Brown became a doctor and went into practice in Launceston, Tasmania, joining the conservation movement which fought unsuccessfully to save Lake Pedder.

Brown then gave up medicine and became director of the Wildrness Society and fought the fight against damming the Franklin River for hydro-electricity. In 1983 the Society beat the loggers in the High Court in a historic victory for conservation.

In 1982, Bob Brown was named Australian of the Year.

Politics called, and he was elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in 1984, being re-elected in 1989 and 1992, leading a small Green Independent group holding much power.

In 1990 he shared the world's richest environment prize, awarded by the Goldman Foundation in U.S.A., directing the money towards the conservation cause.

Bob Brown has published The Franklin and Lower Gordon Rivers and Wild Rivers.

He keeps up the good fight!


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