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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-14-10 07:19 PM
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Liberal and Labor have caused 'political depression'
Is Bob Brown just puffing? Or will the Greens make substantial gains?

In a speech to the National Press Club today, Australian Greens leader, Bob Brown described how he sees Australians turning away from the major parties and their squabbling.

THIS YEAR WILL BE another milestone in politics for the Australian Greens. The sole balance of power in the Senate and a breakthrough into the House of Representatives are both within reach. Australia's voters are looking for more progressive politics and the stable, experienced leadership which we alone have produced over the past three turbulent years in Canberra.

There has been a profound political depression arising out of disappointment at the squabbling and oppositional nature of two-party politics in Australia. It is a depression also generated by the feeling of lost opportunity. Here we are, the most resource-rich nation in the world, with serial governments failing to take the political lead, which this country and the whole world wants.

We Greens are not yet in government, though in Tasmania earlier this year Nick McKim and Cassie O'Connor became Australia's first Greens members of a cabinet. However voters are backing us in growing numbers....

...A two to one majority of Australians approves of the role the Australian Greens play in the Senate. We Greens have shown the judgement and ability to negotiate better outcomes which the community wants.

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