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Australian Greens, Labor commit to agreement for stable Government

The Australian Greens and the Labor Party have signed an agreement to ensure stability for Labor in Government. The Greens will ensure supply and oppose any motion of no confidence in the Government from other parties or MPs.

Labor will work with the Greens to deliver improved transparency and integrity to Parliament and pursue policies that promote the national interest and address climate change.

As part of the agreement there will be regular meetings between the Prime Minister and Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and newly-elected Lower House MP Adam Bandt.

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Andrew Robb appears to back Greens in Senate as anti-WorkChoices insurance

Andrew Robb (the Coalition's campaign spokesperson for 2010) has effectively endorsed the Greens in the Senate as good insurance against WorkChoices.

AAP reports today "The Australian Greens would have the balance of power in the Senate to stymie any attempt to change the [industrial relations] laws, Mr Robb said."

"Mr Robb appears to be endorsing the Greens in the Senate as a hedge against the Coalition re-introducing WorkChoices.

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Tasmania trap set for Liberal voters: Liberal voters' preferences will go to Labor, not Greens

Bob Brown 20 Aug 2010

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says Tasmanian Liberal voters who want their preferences to go to the Greens should not vote above the line in the Senate.

"Tasmania is the only state in Australia where the Liberal Party is directing Senate preferences to Labor ahead of the Greens. To avoid this trap, Liberal Senate voters who prefer the Greens ticket, headed by Christine Milne, over Labor, should vote below the line," Senator Brown said.

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Bob Brown stays in Melbourne to campaign for Bandt and Di Natale

Bob Brown 19 Aug 2010

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said the incredible buzz around the Melbourne campaign meant he would stay extra time in the city to campaign.

"I have never enjoyed being in Melbourne so much," said Senator Brown at a Greens rally which brought a colourful and excited crowd to Fitzroy's Whitlam Place.

"There is a great feeling here and it is very pro-Green," Senator Brown said.

"Issues like same-sex marriage, saving Australia's magnificent forests, asylum seekers and the Greens' proposal for Denticare have galvanised people like never before.

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Debate farce!

Bob Brown 17 Aug 2010

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says the Gillard-Abbott disagreement over a last week election campaign debate has become a farce.

"There should have been three debates, with three leaders, with the public involved, arbitrated by an Independent Election Debates Commission," Senator Brown said.

"Both major parties are haemorrhaging votes over this.

"People tell me they are fed up.

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91% of Australians want stop to political lies: new poll

Polling commissioned by the Australian Greens shows overwhelming support for new laws to prevent misleading election advertising.

The national Galaxy poll of 1009 people taken in July shows 91% of Australians are in favour of legislation that would require political parties to be truthful in election advertising. 

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said that he would move in the next Parliament to amend the Commonwealth Electoral Act to make it an offence to publish or distribute misleading and inaccurate election advertising.

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