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Labor and Coalition unite to keep Australians in the dark on data retention

A move by the Australian Greens for the Government to make information about the proposed data retention scheme public has been defeated by the Government and Opposition voting in the Senate together.

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Labor Party and Coalition had united to "keep Australians in the dark about a proposed scheme to monitor every piece of electronic correspondence and every phone call".

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Four million households and businesses to welcome the NBN, time for the Coalition to do the same

With more than 3.5 million homes, businesses, hospitals, schools and others to be connected to the National Broadband Network under the new fibre rollout plan, it's time for the Coalition to abandon their dogmatic vow to "demolish" the NBN, the Greens said today.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Opposition must drop their plan to gut the NBN.

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NBN too important to risk security, but answers needed on Huawei ban

The National Broadband Network is too important to be exposed to any security risk but the Government should explain any bans on companies from NBN tenders, the Australian Greens said today.

Responding to the news Chinese technology giant Huawei has been excluded from tenders for the NBN, Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said "the Government is right to be cautious, but needs to make the case for the ban public".

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Environment and Communications Committee, Tuesday 18 October 2011

 

 

 

Senator LUDLAM: Congratulations on the release of the 12-month plan, apart from the notable absence of Fremantle.

 

Senator Conroy: No self-interest involved there!

 

Senator LUDLAM: Am I getting predictable? Can you tell us how you arrived at that particular distribution, with dots distributed all over the landscape? How have you arrived at what is in that document?

 

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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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