78% of the questions asked by journalists at Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s media conference of 23 August 2012 were about her time in 1995 working as a solicitor at Slater & Gordon, and her relationship with ex-boyfriend and former AWU union official Bruce Wilson.
Given that the first ten questions on asylum seekers were all asked when Immigration Minister Chris Bowen was also there, and two questions were triggered by the unexpected appearance of a man who broke through security
In reflecting on what The Greens achieved under Bob Brown’s leadership, the graph below – taken from Peter Brent’s Mumble blog – indicates three major achievements, and one more recent cautionary tale.
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Working from the left of the graph, the progress of The Greens from 1998 to 2001 came in no small part from Brown’s ability to use Meg Lees’ endorsement of a modified version of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to capture the votes