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Net neutrality inquiry necessary to ensure Australians have guaranteed access to free and open internet: Greens

Tuesday, 13 February

The opposition have back flipped on net neutrality and voted with the government against a motion, moved by the Australian Greens today, calling for an inquiry into public interest need for such protections.

Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said current telecommunications ownership structures in Australia should be more than enough evidence to warrant having an inquiry.

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Government must reconsider response to gaming inquiry in the name of innovation: Greens

This Government’s repeated attacks on Australia’s video games industry, climaxing last week in the tabling of a totally inadequate government response to the Future of The Australian Video Games Development Industry Inquiry, doesn’t fit into their so-called ‘innovation agenda’.

Australian Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John today moved a motion, which was passed by the Senate, calling on the Government to reconsider their response to the inquiry and support the Australian video games industry.

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Government will table games inquiry response, 586 days late, after pressure from the Greens

The government has signalled today they will table their response to the future of Australian video games development industry inquiry by the end of 2017, 586 days late, after pressure from the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens IT spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said Australia’s video games industry had put up with uncertainty from the government for too long, after the inquiry unanimously recommended ongoing investment and support on April 29 last year.

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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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Further delays to already outdated NBN signal clear need for FTTP upgrade

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Australians need a National Broadband Network for the digital future, not further delays to an already outdated system, said Australian Greens NBN spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John today.

“Yesterday it was announced there would be up to 9 months delays for customers slated to connect to the NBN via Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) to perform further testing. In practice this will mean those customers are simply waiting 9 months longer for sub-standard connectivity,” Senator Steele-John said.

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Greens back ACCC’s NBN debt write-down call

The Australian Greens will investigate legislative options to write-down NBNCo’s debt, backing the suggestions put forward by the ACCC today.

“Rolling out the NBN has put too much pressure on recovering NBNCo’s costs rather than providing an essential service to Australians. We need to stop thinking of the internet as a profit-making endeavour and start treating it as an important utility like water or electricity,” Greens communications spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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G20 breach emphasises risks of mandatory data retention

The Australian Greens have called on the government to fast-track the implementation of a scheme to mandate notifications of data breaches, as the international community reacts to news that the personal information of 31 world leaders was compromised by the immigration department.

"This is an embarrassing international incident which highlights that no system is infallible," Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens communication spokesperson said today.

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