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Greens put up Senate agenda

Greens Leader Bob Brown says childhood obesity, raising the aged pension, stronger workplace rights and ending logging as a first step to tackling climate change are priorities for the Greens in the new Parliament.
At today's declaration of the Senate election in Hobart, Senator Brown said the Greens' Senate vote had soared from 917,000 in 2004 to 1,100,000 in 2007. The party won official party status and will have five Senate seats from July 1, 2007.
"Rudd Labor will be conservative socially, fiscally and ecologically," Senator Brown said.

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World Bushfire Centre mooted for Australia – Greens

Australia should establish a World Bushfire Centre for research and management of the worsening bushfire danger due to climate change, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.
 
Senator Brown said a permanent, expert centre could co-ordinate research and assist in the prevention and management of bushfires in Australia and around the world. 
 

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Tax cuts and big spending promises inflationary – Greens

Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown has labelled the tax cuts and spending programs of the Coalition and the ALP as inflationary.
 
"Both John Howard and Kevin Rudd are spending to win the election, not to secure the nation's future," Senator Brown said.
 
"If you inject money in the form of tax cuts into an overheated economy you get inflationary pressure. It is far better to put that money into infrastructure and services such as health, education and public transport instead of tax cuts."
 

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Healthy Universities – a public investment in the public interest

Greens Leader Bob Brown was at Sydney University today to launch the Greens Higher Education Policy for Election 07.
"The Greens policy recognises the urgent need to boost public investment in public universities, to support students and assist researchers to equip Australia to thrive in the 21st Century," Senator Brown said.

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Howard's ABC TV ploy fails children on obesity - Brown

 
 
 Greens call for junk food ad ban. 
  
"Prime Minister Howard's new ad-free digital ABC TV option for children will leave most kids splattered by junk-food ads," Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
 
"The new ad-free channel is a good idea, but it is no antidote to the fact that most kids will still be watching the commercials."
 

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PM's fridge magnets won't cure junk food – Greens

Greens Leader Bob Brown today renewed calls for the Prime Minister to ban junk food advertising during children's TV viewing hours as part of the fight against childhood obesity.
 
"What's inside the fridge won't change because there's a fridge magnet on the door," Senator Brown said.
 
"It's pretty useless sending out one fridge magnet on healthy eating to every school child if they continue to get bombarded with hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising promoting junk food on television," Senator Brown said.
 

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Drugs council better guide than politically warped committee on drugs – Greens

The National Council on Drugs' much greater experience with Australian drug problems is in stark contrast to the extremist position taken by Bronwyn Bishop's committee majority in its report released yesterday, Greens leader Bob Brown said today.
"Less than a fortnight ago the experts on drug use, the Australian National Drugs Council, called for increased funding for treatment and diversion programs for drug users to build on the demonstrable success of harm-minimisation approaches," Senator Brown said.

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Pell threatens to rekindle state aid debate

Bob Brown 5 Jun 2007

Greens Leader Bob Brown says that Archbishop Pell's proposal to demand that school principals give an oath to narrow doctrinal principles threatens to rekindle the debate on state aid.
"He is moving to stifle rather than encourage debate in the Catholic school system. Fortunately, other bishops are not coming out in support of George Pell. That is because his move is so inflammatory," Senator Brown said.

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