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Outline of a Greens Australia: Bob Brown

Media Release
Bob Brown 18 Aug 2010

Boost public education with mining tax
Conserve land for food and environment
Accountability and insurance against big party domination

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has used his Leaders' Address to the National Press Club today to outline why the Greens are needed in the Senate to guard against big party domination and ensure outcomes for the community.

"The Greens are the smaller party with big ideas giving a good option for voters fed up with the bigger parties with small ideas," said Senator Brown.

"Our approach to the mining tax is a key example of the dividend we will work to deliver to the community.

"The Opposition has pledged to wipe out the mining tax and all the benefits it would bring for society, just as it tried to block the economic stimulus package.

"In contrast, as a first step in the new parliament if the Greens are re-elected, I propose that we adjust the mining tax to raise an additional $2 billion per year, to be invested in the public schools system."

Senator Brown outlined other key Greens election commitments including:
- Measures to preserve food producing land against coal companies and other incursions
- A national dental healthcare scheme: Denticare
- Equal marriage laws, and

Two further new policy initiatives:
- A Parliamentary Budget Office to provide economic and budgetary advice Parliament
- An international ban on the mining and manufacture of Asbestos

"The Greens are the party that cares about people, thinks about the future and are the champions for the environment," said Senator Brown.

Noting record-high polling for the Greens, Senator Brown said the Greens would give Australians the accountability they deserve in the Senate.

"We will be the people's watchdog, whichever party wins office next Saturday.

"That is my commitment to all Australians."

Media contact: Peter Stahel 0459 133 597

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