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New report buttresses Greens’ concerns about school chaplains programme

The Australian Greens say the Commonwealth Ombudsman's investigation into the National School Chaplaincy Programme has buttressed the party's concerns about the absence of minimum qualifications required for participants.

"This report reinforces what we've always said -- there's a lot of taxpayers' money being spent on this programme which does not require minimum basic standards for chaplains," Greens' youth affairs spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young.

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Exclusive Brethren Out

The so-called ‘Exclusive Brethren clause' in the Fair Work Bill was knocked out by a 33-31 vote in the Senate tonight.

Moved by Greens Leader Bob Brown and supported by the Government and Senators Xenophon and Fielding, the long-held provision for Exclusive Brethren businessmen to refuse union entry to workplaces has been removed.

A large contingent of Exclusive Brethren elders left the Senate gallery after the vote.

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Senate questions ABC axing of Religion Report

The Senate today supported a motion from Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown that calls on ABC management to reveal the criticisms and reasons behind the decision to axe the Religion Report, Media Report and other flagship Radio National programs.

"The Religion Report's insightful reporting and critical analysis has ruffled many feathers over the years - the sign of a highly successful program!" Senator Brown said.

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Coalition blocks tabling of Brethren book

Parliamentary shop stock sold out

In the Senate this morning the Coalition refused leave for Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown to table Michael Bachelard's new book "Behind the Exclusive Brethren".

Leave was refused yesterday by both major parties but after Senator Brown gave each a copy to read overnight, the Government agreed today, leaving the Opposition alone in its refusal to have the book tabled.

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Liberals in Mayo panic

Anti-Greens brochures from the Liberal Party that are being circulated in Mayo show a party in panic and fearing a loss of the seat, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Canberra today. The Greens candidate for Mayo is Lynton Vonow.

"These brochures, which follow the path of misrepresentation of the Greens taken the by the Exclusive Brethren at recent elections, are set to deceive the voters of Mayo," Senator Brown said.

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Howard's cosy sect relationship will worry voters – Brown

Bob Brown 24 Aug 2007

Prime Minister Howard's claim that criticism of the extremist Exclusive Brethren sect by Kevin Rudd means Labor and the Greens have a preference deal is categorically wrong, Senator Brown said today.
"But Mr Howard's long term and cosy relationship with Elect Vessel Bruce Hales will worry a lot of Australians," Senator Brown said.
"It cuts right across Mr Howard's image on families because this sect is so heartless in excommunicating forever from their families, people who leave it," Senator Brown said.
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