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(generated from captions) If that's anything to go by,

we'll see a nice rally. Thank

you Christ. In a few minutes

Vanessa O'Hanlon will look at

the weather. Ahead a review of

some of the newspapers. This

morning we are joined by Radio Australia broadcaster Phil

Kafcaloudes. The Greens have

thrown their support behind the

Federal Opposition proposal to

make shareholders votes on

executive salary binding,

shareholders can vote on

whether to accept executive

remuneration package, but the

outcome is advisory, to talk

about the Greens position, we

are joined by their leader,

Senator Bob Brown. You are in

lock step with Malcolm Turnbull

on this one? Well, we certainly

support it. It's a small move

towards democracy in the

marketplace. We have seen

sometimes obscene multi-million

dollar pay packets and sever

rens payments. There needs to

be a curb on them. The Prime

Minister criticised these payments in Australia and

overseas most recently at APEC,

and the Opposition has put

forward one component of the

action that needs to be taken,

and we'll be supporting

it. Really, when you look at it

the executive salaries, there's

a political point to be made.

You look at the people that run

the hedge funds, they make a

billion a year, five of them

made a billion dollars, is that

where the attention ought to

be, not for the smaller

players? Barack Obama will be

looking at that. What about the

Macquarie Bank CEOs taking -

executive officers taking om

for nan $20 million this year.

That money is -- taking home

more than $20 million this

year, it's coming out of the

Australian pockets. Being paid

through their interest rates,

and backed by the Government

with this guarantee to

financial institutions, there

should be a quid pro quo here

that Australians should be able

to know that they are not going

to see the price of the

financial product go up to pay

obscene over the top payments

like that. We Greens have moved

to have these payments capped

at $5 million, or that's more

than 10 times the Prime

Minister's salary, and nobody

can say he's a sloch. But the

big party have turn -- slouch,

but the big parties turched

that day. There's needs action,

there's been talk about it for

decades. Malcolm Turnbull's

move to give shareholders

authority to curb obscene

payments is to be welcomed. The Parliament moved to change a

lot of laws, tuping on same-sex

couples, problem touching on

same-sex couples, health,

Social Security,

superannuation, what is next to

be done. Well, of course,

climate change, and we'll be

waiting in the next week or two... Talking specifically

about discrimination against

same-sex couples, is there more

to be done. Absolutely, and the

big parties, both voted to

maintain the discrimination

against marriage when it comes

to same sex partners, as I

pointed out in the parliament,

if people love each other they

should be able to have a

ceremony in which they publicly

put that love on the record,

the same as everybody else. The

body politic, the old parties

are behind public opinion,

because the opinion polls show most Australians support

legislation, it's passed in

Catholic Spain, it's passed in

Canada, and ought to have been

on the agenda last night in the

parliament. Instead of that

Labor and the Coalition voted

it down. Which way dot think

Malcolm Turnbull will jump on

industrial relations, is he so

wedded to individual contracts

that he won't support the

legislation. I don't think

that's a given. There needs to

be a modernisation, but some of

the key factors in industrial

relations like retaining the Industrial Relations

Commission, the arbiter in the

middle are missing from the

legislation. And the - there's

a form of workplace agreements

remaining there, which is going

to cut the ability of unions

and workers to be able to get -

to be able to bargain in the

way they used to. This is

workplace - WorkChoices light that the Labor Government is

putting forward. I would think

that's attractive to Malcolm

Turnbull and the conservatives even though they are, of

course, going to have to create a bit about any legislation

that comes forward. Now,

finally, Bob Brown, we have a

question coming in from an

online viewer, they'd love to

here your take on the

Government's draconian Internet

censorship plans, what do you

think about that. We are not

supporting them. We are very

concerned that there's going to

be an unnecessary clampdown on

the internet, it has to be

watched. Scott Lud len the new

Senator from WA has large of

that for the Greens and is

working hard with community

groups in Australia to oppose

the current proposals by the Government. Bob Brown thanks