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PM confirms commitment on leaders debates

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Bob Brown 15 Apr 2011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed her commitment to the Greens to establish a Leaders Debates Commission to regulate debates between party leaders in future election campaigns.

“The Commission will be another reward for voters out of the 2010 election result,” Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Canberra today.

“Hopefully, the Commission will end the past malpractice of Prime Ministers either squibbing or manipulating televised debates in their favour, and the exclusion of third or fourth parties from the debates.”

“In similar electoral systems overseas, for example the current election campaign in Canada, four or five contenders take part in the debates depending on support for parties in current polls,” Senator Brown said.

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