ENG: Robert James Brown (born 27 December 1944) is an Australian senator, the inaugural Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens and was the first openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia. Brown was elected to the Australian Senate on the Tasmanian Greens ticket, joining with sitting Greens Western Australia senator Dee Margetts to form the first Australian Greens senators following the 1996 federal election. He was re-elected in 2001 and again in 2007.
While serving in the Tasmanian parliament, Brown successfully campaigned for a large increase in the protected wilderness areas. Brown has led the Australian Greens since the party was founded in 1992 until the present, a period of growth to poll today at around 10% at state and federal levels (13.9% of the primary vote in ...
The Australian Greens have vowed to fight for the ACT's proposed new laws on gay partnership rights if they are challenged in Federal Parliament.
The party's leader, Senator Bob Brown, welcomed the new legislation yesterday and said he and his colleagues would defend the Bill if either house of Parliament moved to impose its veto on the same-sex partnership laws.
The ACT Labor Government's latest attempt to legislate for same-sex partnerships looks set for an easy passage through the territory's Legislative Assembly next year with the support of the ACT Greens. But they will be opposed ...
In an ironic situation BHP Billiton CEO Marius Klopper and the Greens leader Senator Bob Brown seem to have found common ground.
Mr. Klopper has called for a carbon tax to be levied to protect the long term economic interests of the country. This is exactly what the Greens have been hoping to set in motion as well.
Marius Klopper said that it should be a simple carbon tax rather than the complex one based on emissions trading scheme that was explored in the first term of the Labor government under ex-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
He said that despite the failure of the Copenhagen summit ...
• Greens senator Bob Brown (arms folded) visited the logging area at Bermagui last Friday.
ABOUT 500 people crammed into the community hall at Bermagui last Friday night to hear Greens Senator Bob Brown speak about logging activities in the Bermagui forest.Every seat was occupied, with those who couldn’t find one sitting in the gaps on the floor or leaning against the walls where signs proclaiming the evening’s ideas had been hung.At the entrance, tables with an array of environmental leaflets were next to people handing out a flyer with information from Blue Ridge Hardwoods, ...
World Heritage Antarctica: new book illustrates icy splendour
The greatest natural heritage property left on planet Earth is being denied its rightful place on the list of World Heritage properties, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania Bob Brown said today.
In Melbourne to launch polar adventurer David Neilson's book Southern Light: Images from Antarctica, the former Greens Leader called on the Antarctic Treaty 50 member nations meeting in Hobart to give priority to according Antarctic World Heritage status.
"There is no legal impediment. The goodwill of all nations is the vital ingredient to give this logical recognition for the Great White Continent and its surrounding ocean the World Heritage status it deserves,” Senator Brown said.
Brown lauded Neilson's book as a stunning visual treat for all of us who will never get to Antarctica's icy splendour as well as those who do. This superb galaxy of photos of Antarctica and its wildlife is a document which, of itself, makes the statement for Antarctica as World Heritage.
Bob Brown speaks to ABC 24 on his second last day as Senator
On his second last day as an Australian Greens Senator, Bob Brown speaks to ABC 24's Lyndal Curtis about the future for the Greens party.
Save James Price Point
Senator Bob Brown holds a press conference to reveal a new poster of Western Australia's endangered James Price Point, home to calving whales and ancient dinasaur footprints.
Gas hub on the ropes: Senator Brown
Former national Greens Leader Bob Brown will tell a Perth Greens dinner tonight that Woodside's gas hub near Broome is 'on the ropes.'
Senator Brown has just returned from a trip to the Kimberley with Senator Rachel Siewert, where they met with Goolarabooloo Senior Law Men on country.
Brown, who retires from the Senate next Friday, has been on a return visit to Broome and the proposed gas hub site at James Price Point. He spoke at a packed public meeting in Broome, and met with Traditional Owners, scientific experts on the dinosaur tracks south of the Point, whale migration surveyors (the season's first mother and calf humpback were sighted off Broome this week), bilby trackers, and scientists analyzing the marine systems threatened by the massive proposal.
"The tide of local public opposition to the hub has grown enormously since I was in Broome eighteen months ago,” Senator Brown said.
“So has the research showing potential damage to the cultural and natural heritag