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First day on the job

Senator Di Natale's first day was spent productively, divided between engaging with media interest in the change of balance in power in the Senate, and setting up a new office. As the Senator prepares to take up his seat in Parliament on Monday the 5th, he spoke with Radio National's The National Interest and outlined some of his experiences and priorities.

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Multiculturalism must be defended - Greens National Council

The Federal Member for Melbourne Greens MP Adam Bandt joined Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Deputy Leader Senator Christine Milne and Senator Rachel Siewert today to announce a Greens National Council resolution backing multiculturalism.

The Greens National Council a key decision making body of the Australian Greens party is meeting in Melbourne this weekend.

The resolution reaffirms the Australian Greens support for multiculturalism and a non-discriminatory immigration policy and rejects the Coalition's use of multiculturalism as a political football.

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Motion to support SBS

SPECIAL BROADCASTING SERVICE CORPORATION

Senator BOB BROWN (Tasmania-Leader of the Australian Greens) (3.50 pm)-I, and also on behalf of Senator Ludlam, move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes:

(i) the unique national broadcasting service that the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS) provides to the Australian community,

(ii) the invaluable role that the SBS plays in promoting a multicultural Australia and the services it provides to Australians from non-English speaking backgrounds, and

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Question to AFP on surveillance of ethnic communities

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS
AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE
Question No. 83

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 20 October 2008:

In relation to the surveillance of ethnic communities:

a) can you provide details of funds allocated to investigations into the activities of Australians abroad (eg the investigations that have taken place into the activities of Australians in Somalia) for the last financial year

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Attourney General’s Communication Strategy

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS
ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT
Output 2.3
Question No. 66

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 20 October 2008:

In September 2007 the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security recommended that "the Attorney-General's Department develop a communication strategy that is responsive to the specific information needs of ethnic and religious communities":

a) has the Department begun implementing this recommendation

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Greens Reject Zero-net Immigration

Greens Victorian Senate Candidate Charmaine Clarke today launched the Australian Greens immigration and population policies in Melbourne with ethnic Green candidates.

"The Greens are putting forward a humanitarian and far sighted immigration policy that celebrates Australia"s migrant identity," said Ms Clarke

"In a year when immigration has been such a controversial issue the Greens are championing the rights of migrants. The Greens believe that the presence in Australia of people of many cultural backgrounds enriches our society.

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Poll Shows Greens Set to Win 3-5 Senate Seats

Coalition must rule out Preferencing One Nation in the Senate

Greens Senator Bob Brown says today"s Morgan-Bulletin poll of Senate voting intentions is a huge boost to the Greens chances at the looming election.

"The poll shows that the Greens are set to win seats for the first time in one or more of the big eastern seaboard states of Victoria, Queensland and NSW," said Senator Brown.

"On these figures we would even be in with a chance in South Australia, traditionally the Greens weakest state.

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'Put One Nation Last' Protests

The Greens are sponsoring community "Put One National Last" protests on

Sunday, June 7, 1998.

Brisbane

11am, Rally starts King George Square.

Sydney

11.30 am Queensland Travel Centre 156 Castlereagh St, City.

Hobart

11am, Wall of Friendship Garden, 188 Collins St, City

Speakers from various community groups threatened by the policies of One Nation will address the protests in each state.

Greens Senator Bob Brown will address the rally in Brisbane.

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