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Liberals must drop ‘demolition delusion’ as NBN rolls out to half a million more homes

The Coalition's destructive fantasy of wrecking the National Broadband Network becomes more untenable by the day, with today's publication of forward plans to take the network to half a million more Australian households over the next 12 months.

Australian Greens communication spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said Tony Abbott's vow to "demolish" the NBN becomes increasingly dangerous with every suburb and township connected to the infrastructure project.

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OzHub initiative welcomed

The Australian Greens today welcomed the launch of OzHub, a new alliance to promote awareness on the implications of cloud computing.

"Australian privacy laws are under review because they're badly out of date, but we still have tighter protections than in many other parts of the world," Australian Greens Communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

"End users and businesses should have a transparent choice to host data domestically where they have some avenues of complaint and redress that don't exist elsewhere."

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SBS a great part of our nation

The Australian Greens welcomed this evening's launch of the Friends of SBS by praising the broadcaster as "a vital service bringing Australians of diverse backgrounds together".

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said SBS is an important cultural institution and deserves adequate public funding.

"SBS was the first multicultural broadcaster established in the world. Today SBS radio transmits in a different language every hour and more than seven million viewers watch SBS TV in 63 languages every week.

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Cybercrime Bill needed surgery and got a bandaid

The Government's amendments to the Cybercrime Bill leave acknowledged major flaws in the legislation completely unchanged, the Australian Greens warned today.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said that despite a series of recommendations made in a unanimous multi-party committee report on the legislation the Government had addressed only one of the problems identified.

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Greens getting on with the job

1 September marks one year since the Australian Greens signed an historic agreement with Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labor Government.

The Gillard agreement has achieved outcomes for Australians in terms of passage of bills and lack of confrontation between the houses. We have consultation instead of confrontation.

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Flaws in Cybercrime Bill could undermine civil liberties, Greens warn

The Australian Greens have put the Government on notice to fix serious flaws in the proposed Cybercrime Bill before presenting it for debate.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam applauded the tabling of a unanimous and highly critical report by the Cyber Safety Committee, which has proposed a series of amendments to the bill.

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Music Matters: a refreshing new take on copyright

The Music Matters campaign launched today in Australia and New Zealand is a refreshing new take on supporting artists for their work through a ‘trust mark' to help fans choose to consume music in a way that supports the artists.

The Greens welcome this initiative as an important step in reconciling the need to support artists for their creative work with the increasingly diffuse means of consumption and online sharing culture which can bring tremendous benefits to creative artists.

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