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Another Way For Refugees

The Greens’ approach to refugees will save lives by offering a safe, legal and humane alternative to dangerous boats – instead of the major parties’ escalating arms race of cruel deterrence measures.

Kevin Rudd’s decision to dump every refugee in Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s most impoverished countries, is shameful. It is no wonder Tony Abbott has welcomed it.

Not to be outdone by Labor, the Coalition has adopted Labor’s indefinite offshore dumping policy and also promised to open up a detention camp for refugees in a slum in Nauru.

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Labor govt in failed abusive relationship with Pacific states over aid and refugees

The Labor government's plan to use foreign aid grants to win the agreement of Pacific nation leaders to settle asylum seekers in PNG and Pacific Islands is the abusive action of a colonial power, Greens foreign aid spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

“Australia is acting like a bullying neighbour in its relation with Pacific states. Using aid money to prop up a failed refugee policy instead of reducing poverty in low-income countries is a shameful act.

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The Greens' plan for stronger legal protections in Australia

Penny Wright 23 Jul 2013

The Greens care about people - that's why we're making better legal protections for Australians a priority.

Neglecting their 2010 election promises to consolidate equality laws, Labor dumped the draft Human Rights and Anti‐discrimination Bill in March, selling some of our most vulnerable citizens short on the legal protection they deserve.

Despite talk of ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) it signed in 2009, the government has failed to do so.

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Cover-up: Government buries evidence of data retention plan

The Federal Government has refused to turn over any documents regarding its plans for a data retention scheme, rejecting in entirety a Freedom of Information request from Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

Senator Ludlam requested "letters, emails, file notes, records of phone conversations or meetings, memos or reports about the drafting of legislation or regulations on data retention between the Attorney General's Department and the Office of Parliamentary Counsel". It was denied in full this afternoon.

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PRISM BREAK - Perth to join international day of action against mass surveillance

1.30pm - Saturday July 6 Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge.

Speakers include Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam and Electronic Frontiers Australia chair David Cake.

Edward Snowden blew the whistle on an American surveillance program monitoring communications around the world - spying on users of companies including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple.

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Mr Edward Snowden - a person of interest?

Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs

Notice given 17 June 2013

Senator Scott Ludlam: asked the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs on 17 June 2013:

Is United States citizen Mr Edward Snowden listed on the passenger assessment clearance and evaluation system to alert Customs and Border Protection that he is a person of interest and may be subject to intervention.

 

In the absence of Senate representation arrangements - The Minister for Home Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

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Housing crisis “locks in poverty” – Greens warn

Scott Ludlam 2 Jul 2013

The high cost of housing puts millions of Australians on a budget tightrope that can break easily, the Australian Greens warned today.

"Last night's Four Corners showed cases in which the fall from relative stability to deep poverty happened with shocking speed. ACOSS have demonstrated that the crisis is overwhelming the ability of agencies and service providers to respond," said Australian Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

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