Bob Brown at Senate doors on forests, doodling, Four Corners, national health and dental care - 14 February 2012
14 Feb 2012
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown spoke at Senate doors today about Four Corners, doodling, Tony Burke's attempt to rejig history on the August 2011 Intergovernmental Agreement on forests, and the Greens' defence of universal healthcare and push for more funding for dental care.
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Senator Brown also called for the Syrian embassy in Canberra to be closed as it no longer represents the people of Syria.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.
22 Nov 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today welcomed the support of the Australian Medical Association, which represents more than 27,000 doctors, for regulations to protect children from junk food advertising.
Senator Brown introduced new legislation into the Senate on Monday - the Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting and Telecommunications Amendment) Bill 2011 - as self-regulation by the industry has clearly failed.
"As AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said today, the bill addresses Australia's alarming rates of child obesity and highlights the fact that voluntary measures don't work," Senator Brown said.
The Greens' bill, set to be debated next year, would ban junk food ads on commercial television from 6-9am and 4-9 pm on weekdays and from 6am-12pm and 4-9pm on weekends and during school holidays, as well as banning junk food ads from pay-TV services aimed at children, in line with Obesity Policy Coalition recommendations. The bill also places a prohibition on using the internet and digital services such as SMS and email to promote junk food to children.
"We can't leave the health of our children to the whims and decisions of the industry that profits from the sales of junk food ... Flash advertising, especially in peak children's television viewing times, is a major contributor to unhealthy junk food choices" - Dr Hambleton, AMA President
20 Nov 2011
The Australian Greens will introduce new legislation on Monday to protect children from junk food advertising, after the Gillard Government and the Opposition wasted an opportunity earlier this year when they blocked Greens legislation despite public support for the Bill and recommendations from health experts.
"We have a burgeoning health crisis of childhood obesity and need to curb the relentless advertising of unhealthy foods to children," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Melbourne.
"The problem is not going away. It is getting worse. Self-regulation has clearly failed and the Australian parliament has a duty to act. This Bill is about the wellbeing of our community and future generations and expands on previous work by the Greens, to cover pay-TV and new media."
"Protecting children from junk food advertising is part of the comprehensive approach we need to take to manage the obesity epidemic in our community. Research clearly shows that the existing advertising industry code is inadequate, as the highest rating children's shows are being saturated with junk food promotions."
The Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising (Broadcasting and Telecommunications Amendment) Bill 2011 would ban junk food ads on commercial television from 6-9am and 4-9 pm on weekdays from 6am-12pm and 4-9pm on weekends and school holidays, as well as banning junk food ads from pay-TV services aimed at children, in line Obesity Policy Coalition recommendations.
The Bill also places a prohibition on using the internet and digital services such as SMS and email to promote junk food to children.
The Obesity Policy Coalition includes the Cancer Council Victoria, Diabetes Australia - Victoria, VicHealth and the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Obesity Prevention at Deakin University.
The Obesity Coalition's report into unhealthy food adverting is supported by the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (including Cancer Council Australia, Diabetes Australia and the National Heart Foundation), the Australian Medical Association, and the Coalition on Food Advertising to Children.
06 Nov 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.
Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas.
01 Sep 2011
1 September marks one year since the Australian Greens signed an historic agreement with Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labor Government.
The Gillard agreement has achieved outcomes for Australians in terms of passage of bills and lack of confrontation between the houses. We have consultation instead of confrontation.
The agreement was reached after the Greens secured a breakthrough win with Adam Bandt in the lower house seat of Melbourne and a record number of senators, and contains detailed policy and accountability mechanisms.
One year on many of these are now in place.
17 Aug 2011
Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown and Greens Senator for Victoria Richard Di Natale held a press conference to urge the Coalition to support plain packaging legislation for cigarrettes. Other topics included the proposed media inquiry, the upcoming tax review, coal seam gas mining and the carbon price package.
29 Jun 2011
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