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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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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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Federal budget should give extra to schools, hospital and housing, not Gunns – Brown

Prime Minister Howard, who committed an extra $65 million to Gunns' pulp mill in last May's budget, should commit an extra $65 million to the people of northern Tasmania in next week's federal budget, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Launceston this morning.
"Sixty-five million dollars will go a long way for public education, health and housing in northern Tasmania," Senator Brown said.

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Senate fails to support Greens' junk food ad ban

A Greens' amendment to broadcasting legislation to ban junk food ads in children's television viewing hours failed in the Senate this afternoon.  
Greens Leader Bob Brown slammed the Coalition, Labor and Democrats for opposing the amendment (however Senators Allison and Stott Despoja voted for it).
"Health Minister Tony Abbott says this is the soft option in tackling Australia's obesity epidemic; but where is his hard option?" Senator Brown said.

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