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Bob Brown spoke at Senate doors about protecting the Coral Sea, the 'coup', and the media inquiry

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown spoke to reporters at Senate doors this morning about protecting the Coral Sea.

Senator Brown also answered questions about the "coup" reports in the Daily Telegraph, and whether individual newspapers should be the subject of scrutiny at the media inquiry. Senator Brown said it would be a good gesture if Mr Murdoch attended the inquiry.


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Greens welcome media inquiry

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has congratulated the Gillard Government and Minister for Communications, Stephen Conroy, for today's announced media inquiry.

"The inquiry is focused on the public interest and, as the polls show, will have popular backing amongst everyday Australians," Senator Brown said in Canberra.

"The inquiry is at arms' length from parliament and has six months to not only gauge how well the media serves modern Australia's public but to present recommendations on how media operations can better serve consumers."

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Phone tower powers curtailed in new bill

Greens Leader Bob Brown will today introduce the Telecommunications Amendment (Mobile Phone Towers) Bill 2011 into the Senate to provide a better balance between the power of telcos to put mobile phone antennae where they want and the views of communities affected.

"Mobile carriers can erect phone antennae on your land or close to where you live and there's not a lot you can do about it. We think there is room in the legislation to provide more information to communities and give them greater opportunities to object," Senator Brown said.

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Wilkie challenged to put up

Denison MHR Andrew Wilkie's warning (The Australian, 12/9/2011) that he will vote against any media inquiry which ‘smacks of politics', smacks of politics, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"He should put up his own terms," Senator Brown said.

"The Greens proposal includes an examination of the concentration of media ownership, and its impact, and the adequacy of self-regulation of ethical standards."

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Greens’ bill would give people right of reply on phone towers: Brown

Communities need to have a say in where mobile phone towers are located, and not depend on the whim of telecommunications companies, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"While Telstra's decision to withdraw its development application for a mobile phone tower at Tinderbox is welcome, people should have more influence in where mobile phone towers are located," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

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Greens getting on with the job

1 September marks one year since the Australian Greens signed an historic agreement with Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labor Government.

The Gillard agreement has achieved outcomes for Australians in terms of passage of bills and lack of confrontation between the houses. We have consultation instead of confrontation.

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