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Motion to congratulate the Treasurer

Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown: To move - That the Senate congratulates the Treasurer (Mr Swan) on winning Euromoney's Finance Minister of the Year award for his stewardship, backed by measures negotiated in the Australian Senate, of the Australian economy through the global financial crisis.

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Australians detained in China

Senator Bob Brown
Leader of the Australian Greens

Notice of Motion

24 August 2011

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that –

The Senate:

  1. Note that a series of Australian citizens have been arrested and held in prison in China in recent years without prompt notification to the Australian government; and
  2. Calls on China to fulfil its diplomatic obligation and promptly notify Australia if any Australian citizen is apprehended in the future.

 

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Speech on the Social Security Amendment (Income Support for Regional Students) Bill - Senator Bob Brown

The Greens opposed the second reading of the Social Security Amendment (Income Support for Regional Students) Bill 2010 and I want to explain our position as far as not just this legislation is concerned but also the new configuration that we have in this parliament with a minority government and a balance of power shared by, at the moment, a number of entities in the Senate.

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Bob Brown's speech on recent disasters in Australia

I join with the previous speakers in supporting this motion wherein the Senate acknowledges the extraordinary destruction, death and anguish that have come to so many parts of this great country of ours in recent months through floods, cyclones and fires. The total toll can now be measured in more than 40 lives; more than 40,000 homes destroyed or inundated by flood waters; and a monetary cost of at least $12 billion in damage concentrated on a small part of the Australian population.

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Senator Bob Brown's address to the National Press Club - July 2010

At this National Press Club I acknowledge the traditional owners of the Canberra region and all the Indigenous people of our nation.

This year will be another milestone in politics for the Australian Greens. The sole balance of power in the Senate and a breakthrough into the House of Representatives are both within reach. Australia's voters are looking for more progressive politics and the stable, experienced leadership which we alone have produced over the past three turbulent years in Canberra.

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