Brown 'wants a word' with Obama on Antarctic
Greens leader Bob Brown wants to speak to President Barack Obama during this week's visit to lobby for American support for the Antarctic to be put on the World Heritage List.
Unlike Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, Senator Brown does not have a formal meeting with the President but hopes for an informal word. A dinner on Wednesday might provide an opportunity.
Senator Brown said yesterday that Australia and the US were early signatories to the treaty to protect the Antarctic. He said that World Heritage listing would give an extra layer of protection to the area, which was a vital anchor against climate change.
The Antarctic would be the ''ultimate'' listing, one that would be ''special and magnificent'', he said.
The move would require the agreement of all 46 members of the treaty. Senator Brown has already flagged the issue with the Americans and if he does not get a word in the presidential ear he will continue to push it with officials.