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Decryption will set a dangerous precedent for Australian cyber-security: Greens

Monday, 26 February

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has flagged introducing legislation obligating Australian companies to assist government agencies with decryption, but his department has failed to clarify today in estimates when they plan to do so.

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said the lack of understanding demonstrated in estimates about the implications of such legislation was frightening, given there was an acknowledgement it was in draft stages.

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Greens to close Government’s gambling advertising loopholes for broadcasters

The Australian Greens have slammed the Turnbull Government for allowing loopholes that gets Foxtel out of a blanket ban on playing gambling advertising during live sports, and broadcasters playing gambling ads during pre-game entertainment.

“Last year, the Government claimed they’d struck a deal with broadcasters to ban gambling ads during sport broadcasts. We now see the legislation to enforce this shows not all broadcasters are treated equally,” Greens media spokesperson Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Greens demand response to 'Future of Australian Video Game Development' inquiry

The Senate has supported a motion noting the absence of any government response to the unanimous findings of the senate inquiry into the Future of Australia’s video game development industry, and ordered a copy of the response be tabled by 3pm tomorrow.

Australian Greens I.T. spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said it was time for the government to stop squandering the extraordinary opportunity and get involved In Australia’s video game industry.

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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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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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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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$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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