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Protestors shouldn’t be treated differently

Tasmanian police are alone in wanting to charge protestors for costs associated with their arrest, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

In a submission to the consultation paper about the proposed changes, Senator Brown said no other state or territory has such an anti-democratic law.

"Such a law would have put the suffragettes out of business and would have left slavery flourishing," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

Senator Brown's submission is attached.

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Brown calls for pistol ban again

Bob Brown 25 Jul 2011

News that the Norwegian shooting massacre may have involved a semi-automatic rifle as well as a semi-automatic Glock pistol should lead to further gun ownership limitation in Australia, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today. 

“It took the horror of the Port Arthur massacre for Australia, under Prime Minister Howard, to severely limit ownership of semi-automatic rifles. But semi-automatic pistols with fewer than 10 rounds are not prohibited. With few exemptions, they should be banned.  

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Greens join people across Australia in offering condolences - Brown

Greens Leader Bob Brown today offered condolences for the victims of flooding in Queensland and said his heart goes out to those who have lost friends and loved ones.

"I and my fellow Greens join people right across Australia in offering our condolences to the people and communities who have lost friends and loved ones," Senator Brown said.

"Our thoughts are also with the rescue workers in their essential tasks they are undertaking in remarkably difficult conditions."

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Greens call for ASIC investigation of Rio Tinto following Stern Hu verdict

The Australian Government should order an ASIC investigation of Rio Tinto following the harsh sentencing of Australian citizen Stern Hu in China for bribery, Australian Greens leader Bob Brown said today.

The United States Securities Exchange is likely to investigate the multinational company and the UK Serious Fraud Office is reported to have commenced gathering information.

"Australian authorities should investigate Rio Tinto to find out where that money has gone and who else was involved," Senator Brown said.

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Brown calls for action on Balibo Five

Bob Brown 23 Jul 2009

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has called on the Attorney-General and Minister for Home Affairs to explain why no action has been taken following recommendations in 2007 from the NSW coroner in relation to the deaths of the Balibo Five.

The NSW Deputy State Corner Magistrate Pinch made recommendations which suggested war crimes may have been committed by Captain Yunus Yosfia. Almost 2 years later no substantive action appears to have been taken.

“I have written to the Minister and the Attorney-General again today asking for an explanation,” Senator Brown said.

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Greens call on Government to develop corruption commission

The Greens today called on the Rudd Government to begin establishing a corruption body along the lines of the similar bodies operating at state level around Australia.

"Such a commission would not only investigate claims of corruption but would be best placed to defend the innocent, at arms length from politics," Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown said.

"Ultimately, such a commission would help defend politicians and the political profession.

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GPs and pharmacies should be integrated in to Government's swine flu planning – Greens

Bob Brown 29 Apr 2009

GPs and pharmacists are at the front line of Australia's response to the swine flu epidemic and should be properly prepared and protected at the outset, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Doctor's surgeries and pharmacies are the first ports of call for people with flu symptoms and yet we are getting feedback from health professionals that they are not properly prepared to respond," Senator Brown said.

"The details of how GPs and pharmacists should handle patients in a pandemic are not clear and the Government should immediately address this situation.

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