One of the Australian Greens’ core principles is that universal human rights must be respected and protected in all countries. Many of the Greens’ policies are geared towards protecting and strengthening includes economic, social, cultural, environmental and political rights in Australia and overseas.
The Greens advocate for reforms in the areas of anti-discrimination, international obligations under human rights treaties, funding of human rights commissioners and consideration of human rights issues in international diplomacy and trade. In Australia the Greens are advocating for human rights in areas including refugee protection, counter-terrorism, marriage equality and anti-discrimination reforms.
Bob Brown press conference about the Christchurch earthquake, extending the mining tax, marriage equality, nuclear subs, and leadership - 22 February 2012
22 Feb 2012
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, part way through the Senate inquiry into the minerals resource rent tax, spoke to reporters in Canberra today, calling for the mining tax to be extended to gold and uranium.
The anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake, the Greens' move for a Senate inquiry into the draft Murray Darling Basin plan, equal marriage, nuclear submarines, and the Labor leadership saga were also discussed.
Bob Brown, Christine Milne and Nick McKim outline the new economy open to Tasmania - press conference, 4 Feb 2012
04 Feb 2012
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Deputy Leader Christine Milne and Tasmanian Greens Leader Nick McKim outline prospects for an economic transition in Tasmania. Other issues discussed with reporters in Hobart included Labor leadership speculation. Senator Brown also reiterated the Greens' total opposition to the Nauru option and called for asylum seekers to be processed quickly and humanely onshore.
07 Jan 2012
Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown spoke to journalists about the Fairfax reports detailing the Australian Federal Police spying on green activists.
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."
16 Dec 2011
Right from the start, 2011 has been a year of victory for the planet and for a more compassionate, equal Australia. Together we have achieved great things!
The first ever Greens bill passed into law, meaning that residents of Canberra and the Northern Territory can no longer have their laws struck down by a minister's pen. Less than a month later, Adam's bill to establish fairer access to compensation for Firefighters who get ill at work passed into law.
Thanks to your tireless support and the staggering work of Christine in the complex multi-party negotiations, from July 1 next year Australia will charge big companies for their pollution and invest more than $10 billion in clean energy, kick-starting the energy revolution we're perfectly placed to lead.
12 Dec 2011
While the Gillard Labor government continues to short-change Tasmania, both the Australian Greens' leader and deputy leader are Tasmanian.
"Nationwide, Australians can look forward to continued effective representation by the Greens whether it's seeking a fairer tax burden for big corporations to fund health, education, public transport or clean energy technologies and national dental health care," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.
"While the Prime Minister leaves Tasmania out of the inner circle, the Greens give Tasmania the assurance of top-level representation in Canberra for many years to come," Senator Brown said. "That said, I congratulate Julie Collins and look forward to working with her."
"The Greens' success with a carbon price alone guarantees Tasmania, with its abundant renewable energy, will see millions of dollars flowing south over Bass Strait, thanks to the Greens, in coming decades.
"The Australian Greens' party room is very content with the distribution of portfolios, covering all key issues."
Spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Penny Wright, congratulated incoming Attorney General Nicola Roxon on her new role and said she hoped as the first female to take on the job, Minister Roxon would continue her predecessor's work of making Australia's anti-discrimination laws compliant with its international human rights obligations.
"Discrimination is still a reality for many Australians and we need to ensure that our law is consistent and provides real equality for all Australians," Senator Wright said.
Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt said he was pleased that flexibility and job security for workers was now front and centre.
"The Greens have been pushing for some time to get more flexible hours at work. The challenge for Mr Shorten will be matching the rhetoric of flexibility to real and concrete improvement in working people's lives. We want to see existing flexible arrangements extending to all workers. Parents and carers, in particular need to get mandated rights to flexible hours," Mr Bandt said.
"I will be also seeking support from Mr Shorten for the Greens' Fair Work (Job Security and Fairer Bargaining) Amendment Bill 2011 which will put job security at the heart of the Fair Work Act," Mr Bandt said.