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Liberals, Herald Sun fit up Greens.

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Senator Bob Brown

Senator for Tasmania

Liberals, Herald Sun fit up Greens

31st Aug 04

In a dirty tricks start to the Howard government's campaign, the Prime Minister's fake claim of 'kooky' Greens' drugs policy yesterday has been followed up by:

• A Victorian Liberals dossier with false claims on the Greens drugs and other

policies; and

• The Melbourne Herald Sun following suite with a story which is concocted to be

anti-Green. The newspaper did not contact Senator Brown about the story but took

comments from the pro-Liberal Institute of Public Affairs.

Releasing the Greens across-the-board policy volume today, Greens Senator Bob Brown said the Liberals and Herald Sun claim on Greens drug policy are wrong and deliberately aimed to deceive voters.

Senator Brown challenged the Prime Minister to a debate on all policies including drugs.

The Greens, like a number of senior police and medical experts, back a policy of harm minimisation with drugs. This includes medically-controlled access to drugs because it reduces the damage to both user and wider society.

Senator Brown said the Herald Sun's Gerard McManus had misinformed readers in a way which indicates the Murdoch press has gone beyond critic to concoct false policy in its anti-Green bias.

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