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Brown calls for pistol ban again

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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Government’s efforts to sabotage anti-cluster bomb treaty a ‘stunning betrayal’

The Australian Greens expressed outrage today at revelations the Australian Government deliberately undermined an international treaty to ban cluster bombs.

Senator Scott Ludlam, a member of the Senate Committee investigating Australia's own cluster munitions bill, said the Government's covert manoeuvres with US authorities to seriously weaken the treaty represent "a stunning betrayal of all who hope to protect civilians from the horrors of war".

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The future, eventually, will find you out

"It is becoming unprecedentedly difficult for anyone, anyone at all, to keep a secret. In the age of the leak and the blog, of evidence extraction and link discovery, truths will either out or be outed, later if not sooner.

"This is something I would bring to the attention of every diplomat, politician and corporate leader: the future, eventually, will find you out. The future, wielding unimaginable tools of transparency, will have its way with you. In the end, you will be seen to have done that which you did."

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The future, eventually, will find you out

"It is becoming unprecedentedly difficult for anyone, anyone at all, to keep a secret. In the age of the leak and the blog, of evidence extraction and link discovery, truths will either out or be outed, later if not sooner."

"This is something I would bring to the attention of every diplomat, politician and corporate leader: the future, eventually, will find you out. The future, wielding unimaginable tools of transparency, will have its way with you. In the end, you will be seen to have done that which you did."

~ William Gibson, "The Road to Oceania", 2003

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Fur seals outrage

The slaughter of nine Australian fur seals in Tasmania's Freycinet National Park is outrageous and requires police action and jail sentences for those involved, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"The penalty of a $10,000 and/or loss of firearms for this crime is a joke and must be amended to include jail sentences," Senator Brown said.
The Australian fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) is protected as a listed species under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999 .

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Greens renew calls to take automatic pistols off market in Australia

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says the massacre at Virginia Tech rekindles the horror of Port Arthur.
 
"Our sympathy goes to the victims and relatives of victims of this senseless and preventable slaughter in the United States," Senator Brown said.
 
Senator Brown said the early reports of the use of handguns by the killer underscores the continuing need for review of gun laws in Australia. There are an estimated 250,000 handguns in Australia.
 

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Greens Greet Gun Tax

Greens Senator Bob Brown (Tasmania) has phoned the office of Federal Justice Minister Amanda Vanstone to guarantee support for a massive new guns tax.

Senator Brown said that it is rare for him to offer the Government the extra necessary vote to get a tax measure through the Senate.

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