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BROWN, Robert (Bob) JamesBiography for BROWN, Robert (Bob) James

Senator for (Tas)

Australian Greens

Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Denison, 1983. Resigned 12.2.1993.

Federal: Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 1996. Re-elected 2001 and 2007. Resigned 15.6.2012.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 17.9.2008 to 25.10.2010; Procedure from 3.2.2009 to 15.6.2010.

Senate Select: Socio-Economic Consequences of the National Competition Policy from 24.8.1999 to 17.2.2000.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation from 1.7.2005 to 5.10.2005; Environment and Communications: References from 1.3.2016 to 24.8.2016.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 14.2.2008 to 5.7.2011.

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Study tour, Tibet, Nepal and India, November 1999

Host, Global Greens Conference, Canberra, April 2001

Study tour, Colombia, Republic of Korea and East Timor, May 2002

Parliamentary Party Positions

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Australian Greens from 28.11.2005 to 13.4.2012.

Spokesperson for the Australian Greens on Prime Minister and Cabinet; Treasury; Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security; Schools, Education; Forests (Tasmania); Whaling and Antarctica from 1.7.2011 to 15.6.2012.

Party Positions

Senate candidate, United Tasmania Group, the world's first Greens Party 1975

Tasmanian Delegate, Foundation Meeting of Australian Greens Party 1992


Born 27.12.1944, Oberon, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

M.B.B.S (Syd)

Life Member, Australian Conservation Foundation

Life Member, Hobart Walking Club

General practitioner 1968-80

Founding Member, The Wilderness Society 1976

Director, The Wilderness Society 1979-84

Participated in Franklin River blockade 1982

Member, Tasmanian House of Assembly 1983-93

Founding President, Australian Bush Heritage Fund 1990

Participated in Tarkine wilderness protest 1995

Local Government Service

Elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly for Denison, 1983. Resigned 12.2.1993.

Parliamentary Leader of the Greens from 1989 to 1993.


Wild Rivers: Franklin/Denison/Gordon (with Peter Dombrovskis), Peter Dombrovskis Pty, Sandy Bay, Tas: 1983

Lake Pedder, Wilderness Society, Hobart, Tas.: 1986

Tarkine Trails, Wilderness Society, Hobart, Tas.: 1994

The Greens (with Peter Singer), Text Publishing Co, Melbourne: 1996

Valley of the giants: a guide to Tasmania's Styx River Forests, Wilderness Society, Hobart, Tas.: 2001

Memo for a saner world, Penguin, Camberwell, Vic: 2004

Earth, self-published, Hobart, Tas.: 2009

In Balfour St, self-published, Hobart, Tas.: 2010