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Forest deal breaks public trust: Brown

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today that the deal struck between Forestry Tasmania CEO Bob Gordon and federal independent facilitator Bill Kelty was a breach of public trust in the forest principles process.

"Mr Kelty says 'let me place on record our appreciation of Bob Gordon and Forestry Tasmania for your support in this difficult process' - no mention of environmentalists."

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Greens support inquiry into enhanced territory powers - Brown

The Australian Greens are pleased that the inquiry into territory powers, blocked three years ago, will proceed and hope that the bill to enhance democracy for the territories will be law within months, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Support for the bill is an outcome of the new politics in Australia where people have voted for greater diversity. There is a growing acceptance that representation in the territories should be improved," Senator Brown said in Canberra today.

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Joint Press Conference - Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, and Greens health spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert – in Canberra today

Senator Bob Brown and Senator Rachel Siewert urge state and federal leaders to boost mental health services and work towards a national, universal public dental care scheme.

Senator Brown also vows to take on Rio Tinto, whose profit bonanza will benefit its more than 70-percent foreign shareholders, and other heavyweights as companies prepare to fight efforts to develop an alternative to coal and the Greens’ push to put an effective price on carbon.

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More should be done as Mubarak digs in - Brown

The Australian government has expressed its "concerns" about events in Cairo but there has been no call for Hosni Mubarak to go, even as Egypt's government issues further warnings of a crackdown, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The government should do more and join others in urging President Mubarak to move swiftly out of office and to stop the thugs who have attacked demonstrators and detained journalists in recent days and weeks," Senator Brown said.

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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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