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Bob Brown on Australian Green Party’s role in new parliament

Bob Brown, former Australian senator and leader of the Australian Greens, wrote this article for the Guardian on the Greens’ recent election successes and role in the coming parliament:

The new parliament will have more Greens, and more parties, than ever before. It will test the patience of the press gallery which lives for the simplicity of two-party politics and the jousting of personalities above the contest of ideas for Australia’s future.

The Greens held Senate seats in Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia. In Victoria, Janet Rice picked up a new Senate place and the party’s deputy leader Adam Bandt consolidated his hold on the house of representatives seat of Melbourne despite weeks of predictions that he would lose. Continue Reading

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Australia enacts carbon price, with critical support from Greens

On Tuesday, the Australian government, led by the Labour Party with support from the Green Party and independents, passed Australia’s first-ever carbon pricing legislation. After 2010 elections, the Green Party agreed to form a coalition with Labour in exchange for action on issues including the carbon tax. From Reuters:

Australia accounts for just 1.5 percent of global emissions, but is the developed world’s highest emitter per capita due to a reliance on coal to generate electricity. ..

It sets a fixed carbon tax of A$23 ($23.78) a tonne on the top 500 polluters from July 2012, then moves to an emissions trading scheme from July 2015. Companies involved will need a permit for every tonne of carbon they emit. … Continue Reading

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Australian Greens tally record vote in Tasmania

AUSTRALIAN Greens leader Bob Brown says he’s looking forward to the upcoming Senate election following the good performance of the Greens in the Tasmanian and South Australian state elections.

In Tasmania, the Greens now hold five seats – one more than previously – and attracted a record vote of 21 per cent.

In South Australia, the Greens improved their vote to six-and-a-half per cent, with two Upper House MPs, one more than previously.

This leaves Greens MPs holding the balance of power in both Tasmania and the ACT.

Senator Brown said the Greens had something new and bright to say, with a long-term vision, which was appealing to the electorate. Continue Reading