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Abbott causes NBN error for WA

Vast swathes of Western Australia will miss out on a world-class, fast broadband service under the Abbott Government, a senate inquiry will hear today.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said people across the state would be stranded on the obsolete copper telephone network under the current plan advanced by Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.

"Farmers, regional architects, designers and software developers in WA could have been conducting business with people across the world with fast broadband," he said.

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Greens Finally win Inquiry into Surveillance in Australia

Australian Greens spokesperson on Communications, Senator Scott Ludlam. 12 December 2013.

After several unsuccessful attempts, the Australian Greens finally today achieved Senate agreement to an inquiry into surveillance in Australia.

"The complicity of silence about surveillance in Australia broke today when we opened up an opportunity for Australian experts, agencies and individuals to participate in a conversation of what surveillance is necessary and proportionate.

"A review of the deeply flawed Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act is well overdue.

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Rejecting government interference in ABC editorial decisions

NOTICE OF MOTION
Senator Ludlam

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the Senate:

Notes:

1. The ABC is accountable to its Charter, its Board and the people of Australia;

2. Editors and journalists, not politicians, should make editorial decisions in a democracy that values a free press;

3. 80% of Australians surveyed believe the ABC is balanced and even-handed when reporting news and current affairs;

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Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 11/06/2013

To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy-With regard to the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Community Advisory Committee (CAC) established under section 50 of the SBS Act, which is to be appointed by, but independent of, the SBS Board:

(1) Who currently sits on the CAC.

(2) How is the CAC contactable:
(a) by email; and
(b) by post.

(3) Is the SBS Board able to appoint its own members to the CAC.

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