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Greens fight archives closure

Media Release
Bob Brown 13 Nov 2009

Australian Greens Leader, Bob Brown, has written to the Cabinet Secretary responsible for the National Archives, Senator Joe Ludwig, to oppose the closure of its Hobart office:

Dear Minister

Along with many other Tasmanians, I oppose outright the decision to close the National Archives office in Hobart.

This is totally unacceptable, not the least because it comes with zero consultation with stakeholders such as members of parliament, the judiciary, and the wider public.

I ask you to send me a history of the origin and process of this decision, who made it, when you adopted it and why.

I seek a meeting to discuss the matter in the coming fortnight. In the meantime you should hold off on implementing the decision.

Yours Sincerely

Senator Bob Brown
Australian Greens Leader

Senator Brown will take the matter up in the Senate when it resumes next week.

Recently, Senator Brown was successful in amending legislation to keep the Registrar of the Federal Court in Hobart after a decision had been made to move the position to Melbourne.

Further information: Alison Hetherington 0438 962 998

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