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Greens support Federal plebiscite bill says Greens leader: Positive for democracy

Posted by gmarkets on 27 September, 2007

The Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007 could be the greatest contribution to democracy the government has made in its time in office, Greens leader Senator Bob Brown said in the Federal Senate on 17 September 2007.

Positive for democracy: The legislation would facilitate local government being able to determine the will of the people on issues which state governments have in the past been able to proscribe, Brown said. The fluoridation prohibition in Tasmania was an example of that. The Greens would support the legislation, Brown said, not because they do not see the political motivation in the run to the election that saw the Prime Minister suddenly embark on this course, but because in the long run, for other reasons, it could be a positive innovation for democracy in Australia.

Greens support as yet unseen outcomes: The Greens had not supported the enforced amalgamation of municipalities and shires in Queensland, Brown said, adding that the people of, for example, Noosa and Port Douglas ought to be able to make some determination in the matter. Brown said the Greens hoped the legislation would lead to people at the local government level being able to determine their future in other ways yet unseen.

Reference: Bob Brown, Senator for Tasmania, Leader of the Australian Greens, Commonwealth Senate, 17 September 2007 (on the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Democratic Plebiscites) Bill 2007)

Erisk Net, 17/9/2007

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