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(From Canberra Times)
A S PARLIAMENT went into recess earlier this month, leadership speculation continues to swirl around the Labor leadership of Mark Latham. But perhaps it's time that we spare a thought for the recent election's other loser - Bob Brown.
The 2004 election was not a good election for Bob Brown and the Australian Greens. Firstly, the Greens failed to capitalise on the implosion of their nearest competitor, the Democrats.
In 2001, the combined Democrats/Greens vote was around 10 per cent in the House of Representatives. In 2004, it was 8 per cent. In spite of the Democrats vote crashing from 5.3 per cent to just 1.1 per cent, the …