Jul 12, 2013

Tiger vows green future, but Newman’s got it by the tail

The appointment of Tony Abbott's business adviser to the board of Tigerair has cast doubt on its green credentials. One renewables campaigner says it tarnishes the campaign.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Struggling discount airline Tiger Airways’ environmentally friendly fuselage is at risk of being torn apart by the appointment of a well-known climate change sceptic to its board of directors this week.

Maurice Newman, a staunch anti-wind farm crusader who will head up Tony Abbott’s business advisory group in the event of a Coalition victory at the federal election, joined the Tiger board on Monday after Virgin Australia announced the acquisition of a 60% stake in Australia’s fourth carrier.

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