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Parliament has a duty to protect children from junk food ads

The Australian Greens will introduce new legislation on Monday to protect children from junk food advertising, after the Gillard Government and the Opposition wasted an opportunity earlier this year when they blocked Greens legislation despite public support for the Bill and recommendations from health experts.

"We have a burgeoning health crisis of childhood obesity and need to curb the relentless advertising of unhealthy foods to children," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Melbourne.

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Bob Brown comments on the Qantas hearing, pokies, coal seam gas

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown spoke to reporters today about Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce withholding his lockout plans from the Government and doing enormous damage to Qantas.

Senator Brown also welcomed growing support for the Greens' $1 bet limit option as a means of tackling problem gambling. Other topics included coal seam gas exploration, food security and the rights of farmers to be able to produce food, and UNESCO.


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Hitler Youth slur abhorrent: Greens

Bob Brown 3 Nov 2011

The Coalition's dirty politics hit a new low today when Senator Ian McDonald said GetUp was "the Hitler Youth wing of the Greens political movement".

"We call on Mr Abbott to immediately take action to get the Senator to withdraw the comment," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Senator Macdonald, and Liberal Senator Parry who failed to rule that slur out of order, will both be referred by the Australian Greens to the privileges committee."

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Libs ‘throw in towel’ on carbon debate

In the Senate, the Coalition has thrown in the towel on the carbon debate, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"A line-up of Coalition Senators took all morning to debate the proposal that Greens Senator Penny Wright replace Liberal Senator Gary Humphries as chair of the Legal and Constitutional References Committee," Senator Brown said.

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Ombudsman ‘assassinated’

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says that the ombudsman, a decent man working in the public interest, has been politically assassinated.

"The Government went after this good man, egged on by the Liberals. His ‘crime' was to supply non-political questions - rather than answers - to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, as a means of getting information on the public record," Senator Brown said in Brisbane.

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