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Greens say engaging in war helps drive extremism at home

The Australian Greens accept the advice of ASIO on threats to Australia but say we cannot ignore the impact of military engagement in Iraq and the Middle East in increasing the risk at home. Back in 2004, Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said Australia was at increased risk because of our involvement in the Iraq war, and Greens Leader Christine Milne says the same applies now.

"We cannot bring Australians together and combat extremism at home by blindly following the USA into yet another Iraq war," said Senator Milne.

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ASIO’s palace a house of cards? Greens call for full inquiry.

Reports of a security breach at ASIO need an inquiry, not more funding for an already bloated budget, the Greens said today.

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said claims hackers stole blueprints for the new ASIO headquarters should be dealt with in a rational manner.

"This building is already $200 million over budget. There have been a series of blowouts and now a fairly serious security breach. This requires an inquiry, not the kind of reflexive demands for more resourcing called for by the Opposition.

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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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