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Protect consumers and financial planners: disclosure of fees vital for integrity of industry

The government should not delay much-needed financial services reforms for consumers and providers of financial advice, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"People setting aside hard-earned money for their retirement or other purposes have every right to know how much money financial planners are making in fees. It is also vital for people seeking financial advice that the potential for conflicts of interest is reduced," Senator Brown said in Canberra.

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Libs, Nats and Labor fail on supermarket duopoly

The Liberal, National and Labor parties today failed to act on their own words in voting down a motion that calls on the government to direct the ACCC and Productivity Commission to take the first steps in reining in the Coles Woolworths supermarket duopoly.

"This motion, to implement the findings of a unanimous 2010 Senate Committee report, would have been an important step in reining in the Coles Woolworths duopoly, which is unfair to both consumers and producers, and the Greens will make it a major campaign," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Supermarket duopoly: Time for Libs, Nats and Labor to put up

A motion to be tabled today by the Australian Greens gives the government and opposition parties an opportunity to move from rhetoric to action to rein in the Coles Woolworths supermarket duopoly.

"Labor, Liberal and Nationals MPs regularly talk about how the Coles Woolworths duopoly is unfair to both consumers and producers, but they won't take the first steps to rein it in," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Car industry assistance needs to drive change: Bandt

Greens MP and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, says future assistance to the car industry needs to drive innovation and a shift to electric vehicles if an Australian car industry is to survive.

Minister Carr and car companies can't just blame the high dollar for job cuts. They must take responsibility for their failure to adapt to the new market.

"The car industry needs to go green if it is to survive," Mr Bandt said.

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Greens call on Lynas to come clean about controversial refinery

Malaysian press* is reporting severe and unreasonable restrictions on public access to documents relating to Lynas Corporation's controversial rare earth refinery, sparking an outcry from locals.

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and Greens WA MLC Robin Chapple have written to Western Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corporation and the Malaysian Government requesting copies of its application documents so that they can be properly distributed.

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Bob Brown speaks to Jon Faine about the MRRT, former Senator O'Chee, Vic's Ryan Smith and the ex-Gunns chairman

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown speaks to 774ABC's Jon Faine about the mining tax and the $100 million extra flowing to public services after the Greens clawed back the windfall for mining companies that resulted from MP Andrew Wilkie's MRRT deal with the Gillard government.

Other topics included today's Fairfax story about allegations about News Ltd and former Nationals senator Bill O'Chee and news that former Gunns chairman John Gay has been charged with insider trading.

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