Australia should urge Mubarak to immediately set a date for a full and free election - Brown

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The Australian Government should urge Hosni Mubarak to immediately set a date for a full and free election in Egypt in the coming weeks, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

"Egypt's election should be under international supervision," Senator Brown added.

"We urge governments of all democracies not to turn their backs as the death toll rises in Egypt."

"We commend news organisations who are working in dangerous conditions to ensure that the truth is told."

"Thousands of people are also working tirelessly to try to circumvent Mubarak's blocks on communications by harnessing the power of social media."