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Parliament must draw the line on surveillance overkill

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 6 Nov 2013

The Government is running out of places to hide as the diplomatic fallout widens over Australia's uncritical subservience to US surveillance overreach.

When Parliament resumes next week the Greens will seek support from the Attorney General and Shadow Attorney General for a wide ranging public inquiry similar to that occurring in many countries including the US and some of our closest allies.

"The NSA's out-of-control surveillance culture has caused massive uproar all over the world, but the two major parties in Australia have maintained tight-lipped silence since the Edward Snowden broke cover and blew the whistle," said Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

With further revelations that Australian embassies are being used as branch offices for the NSA, the regional backlash has begun in earnest. That silence is no longer possible."

"Sunlight is the best disinfectant. While the Government will no doubt try to hide behind 'national security', one of the most troubling things about the NSA's surveillance programme is how much of its vast scope has nothing whatsoever to do with national security," Senator Ludlam said.

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