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Support for games developers an exciting step, but film industry not yet ‘saved’

Extending the 40% producer tax offset to games developers, as foreshadowed by Arts Minister Simon Crean today, is a forward-thinking and job-creating step first proposed by the Greens in 2007.

However, claims that the film industry has been ‘saved' by the increased tax offsets are premature, with an urgent need to lift the location offset to match global standards in order to continue to generate jobs and investment, the Australian Greens said today

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PM must not trade away our health, our creative voice and our farmers

The Prime Minister must not trade away vital health and social policies in her enthusiasm to cooperate with the US government in Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement talks underway in Hawaii, the Australian Greens said today.

"The United States, which is driving this agenda, is coming back to get what it didn't succeed in getting through the US-Australia free trade agreement," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Government and Opposition throw Assange to the wolves

The Labor Government and the Coalition today refused to back a call from the Australian Greens to ensure the legal rights of Julian Assange are protected and that the Australian citizen is not extradited to the United States.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam moved the motion in light of the pending decision on the WikiLeaks' editor's possible extradition to Sweden, and it was rejected by the Government and Opposition.

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Government must reveal what it knows of the campaign against WikiLeaks

Australian Greens spokesperson for communications, Senator Scott Ludlam, has called on the Government to reveal its hand on the campaign against whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks.

Senator Ludlam has formally asked the Government what assurances it has secured that, if extradited, WikiLeaks' Australian chief Julian Assange will face the charges of which he is accused in Sweden and will not be subject to the temporary surrender mechanism that could see him extradited to the United States.

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