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Bob Brown - Press Conference - 22/09/2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss the new Parliamentary Budget Office – costings should be mandatory so Australians are able to have confidence in election promises.

He also discussed the war in Afghanistan and the need to hold the government to an annual debate, and he reiterated the need to bring Australian troops home.

A range of questions were answered on topics including the Foster’s takeover; the Migration Act debate; lack of leadership in both major parties; and Palestine.

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Afghanistan tragedy

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown expressed great sadness today at the loss of another Australian soldier in Afghanistan.

"The Greens join all Australians in offering condolences to his family and friends, and his comrades in Afghanistan, and we are grateful for his service to the nation.”
Twenty-nine Australian soldiers have now lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan.

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Full story of war in Afghanistan must be told

The Australian Greens today called on the Federal Government to commit to revealing the actual numbers of wounded and injured Australian soldiers in Afghanistan, successfully securing the promise of a review in the way in which casualties are reported.

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the Australian people are entitled to know the full cost of the war without needing to use Freedom of Information laws to secure the truth.

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