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Time limits would stop illegal detentions

24 Oct 2011

The Australian Greens say putting time limits on detention would prevent a repeat of incidents such the unlawful detention of Indian student, Prashant Cherkupalli, who was inside Villawood for 18 months.

The Australian Greens say putting time limits on detention would prevent a repeat of incidents such the unlawful detention of Indian student, Prashant Cherkupalli, who was inside Villawood for 18 months.

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Ombudsman ‘assassinated’

20 Oct 2011

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.
"This unfair, nasty outcome shows that an apology for a mistake, far from being encouraged as part of political life in Canberra, will seal your fate."
"The message is out there for future applicants for the job of ombudsman: forget the public interest, keep your head down, make no waves and listen carefully for the dog whistle of political obedience."
"The Greens will move to provide that office with a proper report-back structure to protect it from future suppression."
"When Parliament resumes, the Greens will move to give the Commonwealth Ombudsman the same access as the Auditor-General to the Public Accounts and Audit Committee to ensure that future holders of that office can overcome the roadblock on reporting back to Parliament on performance."
 
 

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.


"This unfair, nasty outcome shows that an apology for a mistake, far from being encouraged as part of political life in Canberra, will seal your fate."


"The message is out there for future applicants for the job of ombudsman: forget the public interest, keep your head down, make no waves and listen carefully for the dog whistle of political obedience."


"The Greens will move to provide that office with a proper report-back structure to protect it from future suppression."


"When Parliament resumes, the Greens will move to give the Commonwealth Ombudsman the same access as the Auditor-General to the Public Accounts and Audit Committee to ensure that future holders of that office can overcome the roadblock on reporting back to Parliament on performance."


 


 

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Senator Bob Brown on 774 ABC Mornings with Jon Faine - October 20, 2011

20 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown was on 774 ABC Mornings with Jon Faine to discuss the attempts by the government to silence the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown was on 774 ABC Mornings with Jon Faine to discuss the attempts by the government to silence the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

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10 years since the SIEV X tragedy, how far have we come?

19 Oct 2011

Ten years to the day a boat carrying asylum seekers sank with the loss of 353 lives, another boat has been intercepted with the passengers again seeking Australia's protection.

Ten years to the day a boat carrying asylum seekers sank with the loss of 353 lives, another boat has been intercepted with the passengers again seeking Australia's protection.

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Senator Bob Brown press conference - October 19, 2011

19 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss giving the Commonwealth Ombudsman the same access as the Auditor-General to the Publc Accounts and Audit Committee to overcome the roadblock on the Ombudsman reporting back to parliament.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss giving the Commonwealth Ombudsman the same access as the Auditor-General to the Publc Accounts and Audit Committee to overcome the roadblock on the Ombudsman reporting back to parliament.

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Senator Bob Brown press conference - October 19, 2011

19 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss giving the Commonwealth Ombudsman the same access as the Auditor-General to the Publc Accounts and Audit Committee to overcome the roadblock on the Ombudsman reporting back to parliament.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss giving the Commonwealth Ombudsman the same access as the Auditor-General to the Publc Accounts and Audit Committee to overcome the roadblock on the Ombudsman reporting back to parliament.

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Commonwealth Ombudsman at Senate Estimates

18 Oct 2011

Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher gives evidence to the Finance & Public Administration Legislation Committee (Senate Estimates)

Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher gives evidence to the Finance & Public Administration Legislation Committee (Senate Estimates)

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UNHCR report puts Australia’s asylum seeker numbers into perspective

18 Oct 2011

The UNHCR'S last Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries First Half 2011 report shows what a lack of perspective our political leaders have about the small number of people who reach Australia seeking asylum, the Australian Greens said today.

The UNHCR'S last Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries First Half 2011 report shows what a lack of perspective our political leaders have about the small number of people who reach Australia seeking asylum, the Australian Greens said today.

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It costs less to be humane

18 Oct 2011

Last week there was an important, positive step in asylum seeker policy for progressive Australians and those who have long-yearned for a better use of their taxpayer dollars.

Last week there was an important, positive step in asylum seeker policy for progressive Australians and those who have long-yearned for a better use of their taxpayer dollars.

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Bob Brown speaks to Jon Faine, live in Melbourne, 14/10/2011

14 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown joined 774 ABC's Jon Faine live in Melbourne today to discuss the effectiveness of minority government, pokie reforms, asylum seekers, the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Qantas strike, and Tony Abbott's plan to wreck the carbon package.

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown joined 774 ABC's Jon Faine live in Melbourne today to discuss the effectiveness of minority government, pokie reforms, asylum seekers, the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Qantas strike, and Tony Abbott's plan to wreck the carbon package.

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