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Act now to help our schools: Brown

Bob Brown 21 Feb 2012

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today urged the Gillard government to provide a timeline for the new funding formula for schools and the Commonwealth to deliver a clear commitment to provide the bulk of the funding, starting with a down-payment in the May budget.

"The Prime Minister has said there is disadvantage in our schooling system. This will continue if we don't act now," Senator Brown said in Canberra.

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Bob Brown press conference on Gonski, Giddings and Gillard - 20 February 2012

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, speaking to reporters in Hobart, urges the federal government not to delay on heeding the Gonski Review's call for billions of dollars to be injected into the school system.

Senator Brown commented on Premier Giddings' vilification of environmentalists and also described how, amid all the turbulence in federal politics, the Greens are getting on with the job, be it education or protecting the great wild forests of Tasmania.

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Greens back injection of funds for Tasmanian schools

Bob Brown 20 Feb 2012

An immediate down-payment of $120 million for Tasmanian schools would ensure that the state's 83,294 students are leading the way when it comes to their education, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

"With close to 60,000 students enrolled in 202 government schools across the state, the Gonski Review's recommendations would see much-needed investment in Tasmania's public education system," Senator Brown said.

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Premier’s baseless vilification of fellow Tasmanians

Bob Brown 19 Feb 2012

Premier Lara Giddings claims she has seen tree spikes used by environmentalists.

It is a crass return to the Lennon era of fake vilification of environmentally-aware Tasmanians, Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

“We must all expect better of premiers, especially when, in the same breath, she’s calling for an end to division. 

“For decades, whenever the logging supremos get angry, tree spikes or bombs are brought on to the agenda – it’s a very tawdry ploy,” Senator Brown said.

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Senator Bob Brown press conference - February 19, 2012

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown spoke to journalists about the release of the Gonski report into Australia's education. He called on both the government and the opposition to support an increase in education funding to bring Australian results into line with similar OECD nations.

He also called on Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings to apologise for her claims that there have been incidents of tree spiking in Tasmania's forests.

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Gonski: Greens call for urgent education funding boost –and say how


Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown has called on the Gillard Government to heed the Gonski review calls and put in an immediate injection of between $5-10 billion into Australian schools.

“Peter Garrett has said there won’t be any loss of funding for any school but what he hasn’t said is what the additional funding will be for schools in need. 

“The Gonski review is a huge opportunity for action. But only the Greens besides Gonski are saying that more funding is essential and how to get it. 

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Premier should apologise: Brown

Bob Brown 18 Feb 2012

The outrageous claims by Premier Lara Giddings that environmentalists had been involved in spiking trees in Tasmania should be withdrawn with a clear apology, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart tonight.

"The environmental movement in Tasmania has been notable for its peaceful protests.

"The Premier's slander is unbecoming of her office as such a lie has no place in debating Tasmania's future," Senator Brown said.

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