Former Senator Bob Brown

Robert Brown

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Former Senator for Tasmania

Australian Greens

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Parliamentary service

  • State: elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Denison 4.1.1983. Resigned 1993.
  • Federal: elected to the Senate for Tasmania, 1996 (term began 1.7.1996), 2001 and 2007. Resigned 15.6.2012.

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Committee service

  • Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 17.9.08 to 25.10.10; Procedure from 3.2.09 to 15.6.10.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation Committee from 1.7.05 to 5.10.05.
  • Senate Select: Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 24.8.99 to 17.2.00.
  • Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 14.2.08 to 5.7.11.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Study tour, Tibet, Nepal and India, November 1999; Colombia, Republic of Korea and East Timor, May 2002.
  • Host, Global Greens Conference, Canberra, April 2001.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • State: Parliamentary Leader of the Greens (Tas) 1989-93.
  • Federal: Leader of the Australian Greens from 28.11.05 to 13.4.12.
  • Australian Greens Portfolios: Prime Minister and Cabinet; Treasury; Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security; Schools, Education; Forests (Tasmania); Whaling and Antarctica from 1.7.11 to 15.6.12.

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Party positions

  • Senate candidate, United Tasmania Group, the world's first Greens Party 1975.
  • Tasmanian Delegate, Foundation Meeting of Australian Greens Party 1992.

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  • Born 27.12.1944, Oberon, NSW.
  • Partner.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • MBBS (Syd).
  • General practitioner 1968-80.
  • Founding Member, The Wilderness Society 1976; Director 1979-84.
  • Member, Tasmanian House of Assembly 1983-93 (see Parliamentary service above).
  • Participated in Franklin River blockade 1982; Tarkine wilderness protest 1995.
  • Founding President, Australian Bush Heritage Fund 1990.
  • Life Member, Australian Conservation Foundation; Hobart Walking Club.

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  • Wild Rivers: Franklin/Denison/Gordon (with Peter Dombrovskis), Sandy Bay, Tas: Peter Dombrovskis Pty, 1983.
  • Lake Pedder, Hobart, Tas.: Wilderness Society, 1986.
  • Tarkine Trails, Hobart, Tas.: Wilderness Society, 1994.
  • The Greens (with Peter Singer), Melbourne: Text Publishing Co, 1996.
  • Valley of the giants: a guide to Tasmania's Styx River Forests, Hobart, Tas.: Wilderness Society, 2001.
  • Memo for a saner world, Camberwell, Vic: Penguin, 2004.
  • Earth, Hobart, Tas.: self-published, 2009.
  • In Balfour St, Hobart, Tas.: self-published, 2010.

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