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Dr. Bob Brown
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Senator for Tasmania
In office
1 July 1996 – 15 June 2012
Succeeded by Peter Whish-Wilson
Constituency Tasmania
1st Leader of the Australian Greens
In office
28 November 2005 – 13 April 2012
Deputy Christine Milne
Preceded by new office
Succeeded by Christine Milne
Personal details
Born 27 December 1944
Oberon, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Australian Greens (1996-present)
Other political
Tasmanian Greens (1992-1993)
Domestic partner Paul Thomas
Occupation Politician
Profession Doctor

Robert James Brown, also known as Bob (born 27 December, 1944), is a former Australian Greens Senator and former Parliamentary leader of the Australian Greens. He was the first openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia and the first openly gay leader of a political party in Australia. Prior to that, he served as a member for Denison in the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1983 to 1993 and Leader of the Tasmanian Greens from their foundation in 1992 to 1993. On 13 April, 2012, Brown resigned as Greens leader and was succeeded by his deputy Christine Milne and indicated his intention to resign from the Senate in June. In May 2012 the replacement was selected and has been named as Peter Whish-Wilson who is an economist and winemaker who has previously stood for the greens and assumed office on 21 June 2012 and Senator Brown resigned on 15 June 2012.

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