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Liberal Government teams up with One Nation to hack away at the ABC

The ideological attacks on the ABC that the One Nation political party secured from the Liberal Government are well on their way to being enacted with legislation being introduced into the Senate today.

“Australians love and trust the ABC and are sick of seeing the public broadcaster used as political punching bag,” Greens communications spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Greens will fight to protect the ABC from this blatant ideological attack and will do everything we can to save our public broadcaster from the Government and One Nation’s axe.

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Lifeline for 10 should be celebrated

The Australian Greens welcome the CBS acquisition of Network 10 and are warning the Government against blocking the purchase.

“CBS buying Network 10 is promising news for the future of journalism and quality programming in Australia. CBS has bucked the trend by investing in journalism, streaming services and quality programming in the US, and it would be refreshing to see that unfold here when the status quo is to slash jobs and cheap out on content.

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Local children’s content quotas must be strengthened

The Australian Greens welcome the Federal Government reviewing local content requirements for children’s television on traditional commercial broadcasters and new streaming services.

“This review must provide practical measures to strengthen Australian children television content for broadcasters and streaming services,” Greens arts and youth spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.

“If the big commercial broadcasters have their way, local content quotas would be no more and our children would go without. This simply can’t be allowed to happen.

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Australian Greens welcome children’s television creators to #SaveKidsTV campaign

The Australian Greens are proud to stand with children’s television producers from around the country in fighting to maintain, and strengthen, local content laws.

“Australian children’s television is under attack by big commercial broadcasters who want to cheap out on local content, and the flow-on effects would be irreversibly devastating for our broader community. We welcome the industry joining the fight to #SaveKidsTV,” Greens arts and youth spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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PC report into copyright changes must not be the trojan horse for further attacks on Australian arts

Proposed changes to copyright laws in Australia do nothing to protect artists and devalue their contribution to our society, The Australian Greens say.

"The Productivity Commission's report is more about a establishing a protection racket for the big multi-national corporations like Google, than a genuine response to audience needs or investing in Australian jobs or industry," Greens Arts spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Census

I, and also on behalf of Senators Lambie and Xenophon, move: That the Senate— (a) notes:

   (i) the technical failures of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website on Census night, 9 August 2016, prevented thousands of people completing the Census,

   (ii) subsequent attempts to address the technical failures further added to confusion and impacted public confidence in the Census process,

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Greens launch arts plan - reverses Coalition cuts, helps artists make a living

Today Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens candidate for Wentworth Dejay Toborek launched the Greens arts policy initiative for NSW at the historic Bondi Pavilion. They were joined by Peter O'Doherty, musician with Australian band Dog Trumpet who is supporting the Greens initiative.

"The Greens have a plan not only to reverse the Coalition's deep cuts to the arts sector, but to invest a further $270.2 million over the next four years," said Senator Rhiannon.

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$300 million to implement, 15 cents to circumvent

Mandatory data retention legislation that costs over $300 million dollars to implement, and around 15 cents a day to circumvent, was due to come into effect today, but most Internet Service Providers have not received a response from the Attorney-General's Department about the plans they were required to submit, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Communications Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Art funding cuts put Tasmanian icons at risk

The Abbott Government’s changes to arts funding are putting at risk iconic Tasmanian events and organisations.

A Senate inquiry into the changes was today told that Tasmania’s arts scene would be disproportionately impacted by the decision to rip over $100 million in arts funding out of the Australia Council and hand it to Arts Minister George Brandis.

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