This is the text of a media release from Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens.
“This is a spring election and Australia will turn Green,” Greens Senator Bob Brown said in Canberra today.
“We will campaign strongly for better finding of public education and health, a healthier environment and a much more positive foreign affairs face to the world.
“We have winnable senate teams in all states and territories and great candidates for lower house seats across the nation.”
Senator Brown said that many voters will find the Prime Minister’s refusal to face parliament this week the hallmark of a loser.
“But Mark Latham is offering no comprehensive change or outlook for Australia. By contrast, the Greens will campaign for:
- redirection of the $14.7 billion income tax cuts for the rich to public health, education, housing and transport;
- protecting the Australian parliament’s sovereignty by rejecting the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement;
- the withdrawal of Australian troops from Iraq;
- immediate protection of Tasmania’s iconic forests and wildlife;
- creation of thousands of new jobs in renewable energy; aiming at 20% of electricity production by 2020.
“In 2004, for the first time, more than one million Australians will vote Green,” Senator Brown said.