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Ombudsman ‘assassinated’

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says that the ombudsman, a decent man working in the public interest, has been politically assassinated.

"The Government went after this good man, egged on by the Liberals. His ‘crime' was to supply non-political questions - rather than answers - to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, as a means of getting information on the public record," Senator Brown said in Brisbane.

"This unfair, nasty outcome shows that an apology for a mistake, far from being encouraged as part of political life in Canberra, will seal your fate."

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Big parties’ MPs still responsible for their own massive pay rises

Bob Brown 1 Oct 2011

The Australian Greens opposed legislation, in both houses of parliament, which is now leading to massive increases in politicians' pay, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Both of the major parties pushed the legislation through, in both houses, while the Greens opposed it," Senator Brown said in Sydney.

"The legislation tries to shed the politician's responsibility for any forbearance in the pay increases."

"The big parties' MPs remain responsible for these massive increases."


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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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