Prime Minister & Cabinet

The Australian Greens in the Parliament have worked constructively to negotiate better outcomes for the community. 

The Greens believe in transparency and accountability in government. We would establish a Parliamentary Integrity Commissioner to investigate and prevent misconduct and corruption in Commonwealth agencies and parliament, and establish an independent arbitration of disagreements with the Executive over the powers of the Senate to access Government documents in the public interest. 

In this minority government we have set up a Parliamentary Budget Office which will provide costings of policies independent of the Treasury and we have ensured that annually MPs debate the deployment of our troops in Afghanistan. We have dedicated time in both Houses for voting on bills and motions put forward by non Government MPs, allowing consideration of fresh and innovative ideas put forward by the Greens.

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Dr Henry, a futurist - Brown

21 Dec 2010

Greens Leader Bob Brown today congratulated Treasury Secretary Dr Ken Henry for a quarter of a century of service to Australians and the Australian economy.
"Dr Henry should be particularly applauded for his work as Secretary over the past 10 years and, most recently, the tax review that included plans for Australia's tax system to address climate change and extract a fairer rate of return on the country's wealth being extracted by the big miners," Senator Brown said in Canberra.
"Dr Henry has outlined a path forward that governments, present and future, will benefit from."
"Dr Henry also has a solid track record as an environmentalist and we hope he will continue his work to protect endangered species including the hairy-nosed wombat and the yellow-footed rock wallaby."
"We look forward to working with Dr Henry's successor, Dr Martin Parkinson, currently Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, as we push for an effective price on carbon to protect Australia's future prosperity."
 
Media contact: Marion Rae 0438 376 082
 

Greens Leader Bob Brown today congratulated Treasury Secretary Dr Ken Henry for a quarter of a century of service to Australians and the Australian economy.


"Dr Henry should be particularly applauded for his work as Secretary over the past 10 years and, most recently, the tax review that included plans for Australia's tax system to address climate change and extract a fairer rate of return on the country's wealth being extracted by the big miners," Senator Brown said in Canberra.


"Dr Henry has outlined a path forward that governments, present and future, will benefit from."


"Dr Henry also has a solid track record as an environmentalist and we hope he will continue his work to protect endangered species including the hairy-nosed wombat and the yellow-footed rock wallaby."


"We look forward to working with Dr Henry's successor, Dr Martin Parkinson, currently Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, as we push for an effective price on carbon to protect Australia's future prosperity."


 


Media contact: Marion Rae 0438 376 082


 

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Greens welcome Faulkner to top defence post

05 Jun 2009

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says that Senator John Faulkner is the best possible choice for the post of Minister for Defence.

"Senator Faulkner has a record of great integrity and, frankly, I am surprised that he is prepared to take this tough job on after so many years of dedicated service to the Labor Party and to Australia," Senator Brown said.

"Senator Faulkner gives politics a good name."

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says that Senator John Faulkner is the best possible choice for the post of Minister for Defence.

"Senator Faulkner has a record of great integrity and, frankly, I am surprised that he is prepared to take this tough job on after so many years of dedicated service to the Labor Party and to Australia," Senator Brown said.

"Senator Faulkner gives politics a good name."

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Greens' Censorship Board Concerns Confirmed

08 May 1999

Reports in the Sydney Morning Herald today (8/5/99) confirm Greens concerns raised yesterday that the Board of the Office of Film and Literature Classification is being politicised.

"Well placed sources have informed the Greens that the normal process -whereby applicants for the board are advertised for, then interviewed and placed on a shortlist for the Attorney-General and Cabinet - has been dumped ," Greens Senator Bob Brown said yesterday.

"The Government should release full costings of the independent selection process that has now apparently been aborted. The Greens understand that it is in the vicinity of $30-40 000.

"The Prime Minister must come clean and reveal the specific criteria to be used in selecting the new board members.

"This news comes after reports again of a long meeting between the Prime Minister and Senator Harradine. I call for the minutes of that meeting to be released

"There is no better way of ensuring censorship than to ensure the choice of censor," said Senator Brown.

Reports in the Sydney Morning Herald today (8/5/99) confirm Greens concerns raised yesterday that the Board of the Office of Film and Literature Classification is being politicised.

"Well placed sources have informed the Greens that the normal process -whereby applicants for the board are advertised for, then interviewed and placed on a shortlist for the Attorney-General and Cabinet - has been dumped ," Greens Senator Bob Brown said yesterday.

"The Government should release full costings of the independent selection process that has now apparently been aborted. The Greens understand that it is in the vicinity of $30-40 000.

"The Prime Minister must come clean and reveal the specific criteria to be used in selecting the new board members.

"This news comes after reports again of a long meeting between the Prime Minister and Senator Harradine. I call for the minutes of that meeting to be released

"There is no better way of ensuring censorship than to ensure the choice of censor," said Senator Brown.

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Brown Queries Censorship Board

07 May 1999

"I am alarmed by a report received by my office that appointments to the board of the Office of Film and Literature Classification maybe being politicised," Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

"Well placed sources have informed the Greens that the normal process -whereby applicants for the board are advertised for, then interviewed and placed on a shortlist for the Attorney-General and Cabinet - has been dumped.

"The Prime Minister must come clean and advise the public if the independent selection process has been ditched in favour of government selection.

"The Government must confirm that the selection process for the censorship board, which commenced last September, has not been halted.

"This news comes after reports again of a long meeting between the Prime Minister and Senator Harradine. I call for the minutes of that meeting to be released

"There is no better way of ensuring censorship than to ensure the choice of censor," said Senator Brown

Further information

03 6234 1633

"I am alarmed by a report received by my office that appointments to the board of the Office of Film and Literature Classification maybe being politicised," Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

"Well placed sources have informed the Greens that the normal process -whereby applicants for the board are advertised for, then interviewed and placed on a shortlist for the Attorney-General and Cabinet - has been dumped.

"The Prime Minister must come clean and advise the public if the independent selection process has been ditched in favour of government selection.

"The Government must confirm that the selection process for the censorship board, which commenced last September, has not been halted.

"This news comes after reports again of a long meeting between the Prime Minister and Senator Harradine. I call for the minutes of that meeting to be released

"There is no better way of ensuring censorship than to ensure the choice of censor," said Senator Brown

Further information

03 6234 1633

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