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Senate history as Greens numbers draw results

The Senate day has begun with two hours and 20 minutes of debate on private senators' bills - a breakthrough after a century of the Senate being almost exclusively run to facilitate governments' agendas, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

Bills debated today were from Senator Nash on student income support and Senator Ronaldson on Defence Force retirement benefits.

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Bob Brown in Good Weekend Magazine

Bob Brown 24 Jan 2011

Senator Bob Brown was interviewed in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend Magazine, talking about "The Getting of Wisdom".

If you missed the weekend papers, you can read Bob's lessons learned from an extraordinary life by viewing the pdf below.

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Dr Henry, a futurist - Brown

Greens Leader Bob Brown today congratulated Treasury Secretary Dr Ken Henry for a quarter of a century of service to Australians and the Australian economy.

"Dr Henry should be particularly applauded for his work as Secretary over the past 10 years and, most recently, the tax review that included plans for Australia's tax system to address climate change and extract a fairer rate of return on the country's wealth being extracted by the big miners," Senator Brown said in Canberra.

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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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Outline of a Greens Australia: Bob Brown

Bob Brown 18 Aug 2010

Boost public education with mining tax
Conserve land for food and environment
Accountability and insurance against big party domination

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has used his Leaders' Address to the National Press Club today to outline why the Greens are needed in the Senate to guard against big party domination and ensure outcomes for the community.

"The Greens are the smaller party with big ideas giving a good option for voters fed up with the bigger parties with small ideas," said Senator Brown.

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