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Australian Government up to its neck in PRISM surveillance; Greens press for the truth

Revelations from within Australia's intelligence agencies have confirmed the Government is actively complicit in the United States' surveillance of Australian citizens.

"The Australian Government has denied any knowledge of the NSA's widespread online surveillance of people around the world since it was revealed by Edward Snowden. It is now clear that the ‘hear no evil, see no evil' routine is a sham," Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Get a Warrant – Greens Bill to prohibit warrantless real-time surveillance

The Australian Greens will introduce a Bill next week to strengthen regulation of data collection on Australians, returning normal warrant procedures to law enforcement agencies accessing peoples' private data.

"This is the first step to winding back the kind of surveillance overreach revealed by the PRISM whistleblower," Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Ever heard of Prism? It's heard of you.

The Australian Government should immediately disclose whether or not it has access to private information on Australian citizens using the PRISM program used by US intelligence agencies to access the servers of nine major US tech companies including Apple, Google and Facebook.

The revelations are contained in a presentation leaked by an NSA whistleblower to the Washington Post, which notes that ‘much of the world's communications flow through the US' and goes on to list a menu of content that the US intelligence community can access via the PRISM program.

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Questions on Notice submitted to the Attorney General on PRISM

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 11 June 2013

(1)Is the Australian Government or any of its law enforcement agencies aware that the United States (US) National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are utilising a back-door program called PRISM to tap directly into the central servers of US Internet companies to source meta and content data information without warrants.

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Greens disappointment at Fried Bananas

Today the Australian Greens expressed shock and dismay at the ABC's axing of Bananas in Pyjamas - an iconic program with 380,000 viewers nationally.

"While the ABC is expected to do more with less, management have made a series of very unfortunate decisions of late," said Greens communications spokesperson, WA Senator Scott Ludlam.

"Frying B1 and B2 lets down young viewers and slashing the Hobart television production unit in November last year with one hour's notice to staff did not help the ABC fulfil its Charter obligations.

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