Bob Brown Jousts With The “Hate Media”

Greens leader Senator Bob Brown jousted with some members of the Canberra press gallery today.

Brown referred to “the hate media” whilst one journalist accused him of regularly “bagging News Ltd”. The national daily, The Australia got several mentions.

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Gillard, Greens And Independents Agree On Carbon Price And Future ETS

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee has agreed on a carbon mechanism which involves a fixed price on carbon for three to five years followed by a full cap and trade emissions trading scheme.

Gillard and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet spoke at a press conference today with the Greens Senator Bob Brown and Senator Christine Milne. They were accompanied by the independent members Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott.

The carbon pricing mechanism is to be introduced on July 1, 2012. The details of the scheme will be developed over the next few months. [Read more…]


Coal Barons Should Help Pay For Catastrophes: Greens

Greens leader Senator Bob Brown has attracted criticism across the political spectrum for his call for the mining industry to be taxed to pay for natural disaster relief.

This is the press release issued by Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens.

COAL BARONS SHOULD HELP PAY FOR CATASTROPHES – BROWN

Senator Bob BrownThe full tax on excess profits by the coal mining industry, as recommended by Treasury, should be imposed with half set aside for future natural catastrophes in Australia, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

“It is unfair that the cost is put on all taxpayers, not the culprits,” Senator Brown said.

“Burning coal is a major cause of global warming. This industry, which is 75% owned outside Australia, should help pay the cost of the predicted more severe and more frequent floods, droughts and bushfires in coming decades. As well, 700,000 seaside properties in Australia face rising sea levels.”

“A Goldman Sachs study found that the reduction in the mining super tax agreed by the current Labor government (the coalition opposes the mining tax) would cost Australians $35 billion in forgone revenue to 2019-20.”

“Scientists agree that current floods come from record-high temperatures of Australian oceans this season.”

“We also ask insurers to show some compassion to Queensland’s flood victims, and to others who face loss as wild weather besets the country. Many people believe they have flood cover and, if not, the fine print should have been disclosed to them.”


Bob Brown Comments On Election Of Gillard Minority Government

The Greens leader, Senator Bob Brown, has welcomed the decision of the two rural independents to back a Gillard-led minority Labor government.

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Brown’s comments came minutes after the joint press conference held by Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott.

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Greens Sign Agreement To Support Gillard

The Australian Greens have agreed to support Julia Gillard and the ALP in the hung parliament.

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The Greens today signed an agreement with Julia Gillard. They have have committed to voting with the ALP government to ensure supply and to oppose any motion of no confidence in the government from any non-Greens member.

The agreement sets down a number of goals including a Leaders’ Debate Commission, reforms to public funding of political parties and election campaigns, and a referendum on Indigenous and local government constitutional recognition. A series of reforms to Question Time and parliament debate are also stipulated in the agreement. [Read more…]


The ALP Is Losing And They Know It

It wasn’t quite a death rattle on Friday night but the Nielsen poll showing the coalition leading the ALP by 52% to 48% came close.

The ALP is losing this election and they know it. The “let Julia be Julia” cry that gathered pace last night and this morning provides an insight into a campaign that is stumbling badly.

As Gillard appeared on the television news last night, wrapped in a Western Bulldogs scarf and other regalia, someone said to me: “I’ve been loyal to the Dogs for 50 years but I can’t say the same thing about the ALP now. I’m so angry with them I want to punish them.” [Read more…]


Greens Welcome Obama Election

The Australian Greens have welcomed the election of Senator Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.

The leader of the Greens, Senator Bob Brown, said the number of political allies of climate change deniers is dwindling. He said Obama’s election raised world hopes for “a fairer, securer, more ecologically sound future”. [Read more…]


Australia Becoming Greener: Brown

Following their strong showing in the weekend’s ACT election, the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, says the electorate is turning greener.

Senator Brown issued this statement: [Read more…]


Queensland Labor MP Defects To Greens

Ronan Lee, Member for Indooroopilly in the Queensland Parliament, has defected from the ALP to the Australian GreensRonan Lee, the ALP member for Indooroopilly in the Queensland Legislative Assembly, has quit the ALP and joined the Australian Greens.

Lee has been a Parliamentary Secretary in the Bligh government since last April. Born in Ireland, he was first elected in 2001.

At a press conference with Senator Bob Brown this afternoon, Lee expressed disappointment with the environmental policies of the Bligh government.

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3-2-1 Split In Tasmanian Senate Poll

The AEC has declared the Senate result in Tasmania. The ALP has won 3 places, the Liberals 2 and the Greens 1.

AEC State Manager for Tasmania, Marie Neilson, said that the Senate count had involved the keying of votes into a computerised system, and today an automated process was used to distribute preferences and determine the six elected candidates. “As with all aspects of the count, the final process undertaken today was able to be observed by scrutineers representing candidates.”

The successful candidates for the 6 Tasmanian Senate vacancies, in order of their election are:

  1. Nick Sherry (ALP)
  2. Richard Colbeck (Lib)
  3. Bob Brown (Greens)
  4. Carol Brown (ALP)
  5. David Bushby (Lib)
  6. Catryna Bilyk (ALP)