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Protect consumers and financial planners: disclosure of fees vital for integrity of industry

The government should not delay much-needed financial services reforms for consumers and providers of financial advice, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"People setting aside hard-earned money for their retirement or other purposes have every right to know how much money financial planners are making in fees. It is also vital for people seeking financial advice that the potential for conflicts of interest is reduced," Senator Brown said in Canberra.

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Brown blasts Crean contradiction

Bob Brown 29 Feb 2012

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says the federal minister for regional development Simon Crean's advocacy of Gunns' polluting pulp mill directly contradicts his own call that "Tasmania the clean state - clean energy, clean water, clean food - has enormous potential".

"Mr Crean has a bee in his bonnet called a pulp mill. But he hasn't been to talk with local vintners who say this pulp mill, planned to be one of the biggest in the world, will be plonked into a beautiful valley with 100,000 residents.

"That's not clean green, it's mean of Mr Crean," Senator Brown said.

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Greens throw support behind Gladstone community


Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown joined Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters in Gladstone today to see the environmental crisis in the harbour firsthand and listen to the concerns of the Gladstone community.


"I am very pleased to be back here, getting a firsthand account from Queensland's most engaged Senator, Larissa Waters. A vote for either of the old parties is a vote for this mess," Senator Brown said.


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Bob Brown press conference about the Christchurch earthquake, extending the mining tax, marriage equality, nuclear subs, and leadership - 22 February 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.

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Mining tax needs to include gold, uranium: Brown

The Gillard government's proposed mining tax needs to be amended to include gold and uranium, if not all minerals, and the daft plan to refund royalties should be dropped, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Canberra today.

"If you're going to have massive profits flowing offshore to foreign owners, why not divert a percentage to fund services that people need - now and into the future?

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Greens call for Gillard injunction on whaling

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has called for the Gillard government to seek an injunction in the United States to stop the Japanese whaling slaughter currently underway in Antarctic waters.

A Seattle district court has thrown out an application by Japan for a preliminary injunction to stop Sea Shepherd's anti-whaling campaign. If the case goes to trial the court will hear evidence on the legality or otherwise of whaling.

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