Foreign Affairs & Defence
09 Feb 2012
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, speaking to reporters in Canberra today, outlined the Greens' moves to seek better funding for dental care.
Senator Brown also called for the Syrian embassy in Canberra to be closed as it no longer represents the people of Syria. Other topics included the need for Senator Brandis to recuse himself from the Senate privileges committee; debate on the mining tax; government advertising; and Point Henry.
03 Feb 2012
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today expressed great sadness about the ferry tragedy in Papua New Guinea.
"The Greens join all Australians in offering condolences to the family and friends of people missing from the MV Rabaul Queen. We hope that the more than 100 missing persons are found safe, but we understand that this is looking less hopeful."
Senator Brown applauded the steps taken to respond to the tragedy by the Australian Government but reiterated his calls for a regional disaster centre to be established in northern Australia.
"Our closest neighbours, like PNG are vulnerable to natural disasters and do not have adequate resources to respond quickly. There is so much more we could do to offer a rapid response to disasters in our region."
Bob Brown speaks to 2CC's Jorian Gardner about genuine regional protections for asylum seekers 20-12-11
21 Dec 2011
2CC's Jorian Gardner interviewed Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown as the tired old big political parties bickered about the nation's humanitarian responsibilities.
Bob Brown outlines humane, regional, practical options after the tragedy near Java - press conference 20-12-11
20 Dec 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown spoke to reporters in Canberra today after the tragedy near Java, saying that Australia should stand ready to accept the survivors if they are found to be genuine refugees, particularly the children.
Senator Brown said offshore processing is not a magic fix. Asylum seekers will continue to come to Australia while there is persecution in their home countries. We need to work out humane, regional, long-term, practical options - offshore processing is none of these. Poor countries, rather than affluent ones, currently provide shelter for 80 per cent of the world's more than 15 million refugees. Australians want to do more and we can, he said.
Other topics included the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.
19 Dec 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says Vaclav Havel, who died yesterday, was one of the great inspiring politicians of the 20th Century.
"His activism melded with a recognition that democracy, not guns, will prevail as civilisation advances. His philosophy of equality and decency towards all others was as persistent in his lifetime as it will be enduring into the future," Senator Brown said.
"In a simple, local example, his inspiration which guided the Czechoslovakian revolution in 1989, inspired the quick reaction to Gunns' SLAPP writ on 20 environmentalists here in Hobart in 2004."
Bob Brown's press conference on Durban, the clear-felling of the forest pact, Sea Shepherd and tourism 10-12-11
11 Dec 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown spoke to reporters in Hobart on Saturday about the climate talks in Durban, the clear-felling of the intergovernmental agreement that was meant to protect Tasmania's grand forests, Sea Shepherd, and tourism in Tasmania.
08 Dec 2011
Sea Shepherd helicopter pilot, Chris Aultman, has been granted a visa to enter Australia, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"I thank Immigration Minister Chris Bowen for his swift response to my request as to why two Sea Shepherd crew members were denied visas to enter Australia. Sea Shepherd's Chris Aultman and Tim Pierce, helicopter pilot and mechanic respectively, had both successfully applied before for visas to Australia. Mr Pierce is expected to be able to also join his colleague in Australia," Senator Brown said.
"The Japanese Government is sending a patrol boat from its Fisheries Agency to ‘strengthen the protection' of whaling ships as they illegally hunt whales in Australia's territorial waters. Japan has also taken tens of millions of dollars out of tsunami relief funds to help finance the whale killing fleet heading to Antarctica.
"I have serious concerns that the presence of the patrol boat may escalate tensions when Sea Shepherd tries to protect the whales the Japanese ships are slaughtering.
"The Australian Government must have a plan in place to ensure safety as the Sea Shepherd fleet prepares to leave Australian ports to defend hundreds of whales from Japanese whaling ships," Senator Brown said.
07 Dec 2011
04 Dec 2011
Prime Minister Gillard has backed former Prime Minister Howard's policy on four vital issues which will figure prominently in the 2013 federal election, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"Julia Gillard opposes marriage equality, onshore processing of asylum seekers, and denying India uranium unless it signs the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. As well, she joins John Howard on reversing a written commitment to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests - though he only failed on the part of that deal relating to the Upper Florentine forests," Senator Brown said in Hobart.
"The Greens will have legislation for both houses the day parliament resumes next year to end marriage law discrimination. Both Labor and the Liberals voted down a Greens' bill to usher in marriage equality in 2010.
"We will strongly oppose uranium sales to India and offshore processing of the asylum seekers who come to Australia by boat.
"We will continue to campaign against Australia's uranium being used to help the nuclear militarization of India, China or any other country," Senator Brown said.