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Abetz blunders on plebiscite bill

The Coalition's Senate Leader Eric Abetz today blundered into gagging Greens Leader Bob Brown when Abetz introduced Tony Abbott's bill for a plebiscite on a carbon tax.

Senator Abetz blocked Senator Brown's request for a two minute statement to inform the Senate that he would move to amend the bill to require the Opposition to accept a people's verdict in favour of climate action.

"It appears the bill will not have the numbers in the Senate," Senator Brown said.

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Win for local government - Brown

Bob Brown 21 Jun 2011

Greens Leader Bob Brown today welcomed the announcement of an expert panel to guide Australia to a referendum to recognise and protect local government in the Constitution, delivering on the Greens' initiative in the agreement signed with the Government.

The Agreement signed on 1 September 2010 included the following goal:

f) Hold referenda during the 43rd Parliament or at the next election on Indigenous constitutional recognition and recognition of local government in the Constitution.

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Time for a pre-breakfast walk

Bob Brown 16 Jun 2011

The following comment has been submitted to The Punch in response to Malcolm Farr's piece:

Malcolm Farr is in such a sour mood! We all go to the press gallery ball and have a good time but he comes up with that anti-Greens grizzle. Yes, I did insist on paying for the tickets - that meant an extra $250 for charity - but Malcolm begrudges it. Though he didn't raise the matter with me at the ball.

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Parliament can say no to Big Tobacco donations - Brown

Bob Brown 15 Jun 2011

Greens Leader Bob Brown today introduced the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Tobacco Industry Donations) Bill 2011 in the Senate to seek an end to Big Tobacco buying influence in Parliament.

"The Greens don't accept donations from Big Tobacco and we commend the ALP for ending its acceptance of money from those peddling these deadly products. If a change of law is required to have the Coalition end donations from Big Tobacco, then that is what this Parliament should do," Senator Brown said.

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Bob Brown press conference - May 25 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss the banning of tobacco company donations to political campaigns, the ongoing work by the Multi Party Climate Change Committee to price pollution, the appointment of former ALP secretary Karl Bitar as a pro-gambling lobbyist, and the expansion of the Greens team that will occur on July 1st.

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Big Tobacco should butt out of the political process - Brown

Bob Brown 25 May 2011

The Australian Greens will move to amend electoral laws to ban donations to political parties by tobacco companies, Greens Leader Bob Brown said.

“We hope the Government’s proposed plain-packaging legislation, which the Greens support, gets through soon. The Greens will also move to ban donations to political parties from tobacco companies,” Senator Brown said.

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Don't shut down scrutiny of politicians' pay - Brown

Bob Brown 9 May 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says he will move for a Senate inquiry into the parliamentarians' remuneration bill, which the Government plans to push through the Senate on budget day.

"The bill will make politicians' pay rises more likely and ensure such rises face no scrutiny," Senator Brown said in Canberra today.

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