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Howard has lost right to lead this great country - Brown.

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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

17th Aug 2004

Howard has lost right to lead this great country - Brown

Confirmation by Mike Scrafton of the deliberated deception of the nation in the run to the last election removes John Howard's right to lead Australia, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

"This great nation must rely on its Prime Minister to tell the whole truth. In particular, the nation must know that the leader will not promote personal advantage by lying to it to win an election," Senator Brown said.

"John Howard has failed that responsibility and should resign.

"The role of his most trusted lieutenant, the former Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock, in concocting the children overboard fiction is Machiavellian but clearly served Mr Howard's purpose.

"The last election result becomes questionable: had the truth been told on the eve of the election it is quite probable that Mr Howard would have been ousted by former Labor leader Mr Beazley," Senator Brown said.

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