Bob Brown is old-style Labor. Not the Green Brown from Tasmania. The Robert James Brown from Newcastle. The one who was a minister for five years in the Hawke and Keating governments of the late '80s and early '90s. I wrote about him on this page 12 years ago when federal Labor was still in office and he was still in Parliament. Let me remind you about Bob Brown, Labor true believer from another time.
He grew up in the coalfields near Kurri Kurri, west of Newcastle, and first ran for Parliament in 1961. His father once drove a coal truck. His mother's family were all miners. He's been a member of the Labor Party for 48 years.
In 1963 he used to drive to Sydney from the Riverina on a Friday night and doss down at Gough Whitlam's home in Cabramatta while he campaigned at
weekends for Labor preselection on the NSW Central Coast, before driving
back to Deniliquin on the Sunday night and going to work as a teacher the