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Liberal and Labor remain united in mass surveillance collusion

The Government and ‘Opposition' today used their combined numbers to vote down a senate motion acknowledging a key US legal finding that mass-collection of telecommunications records was unlawful.

The motion was moved by Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

"This motion called on the Senate, which just months ago passed a data retention scheme, to acknowledge the reality that the US Court of Appeals has ruled the bulk collection of telecommunications metadata by US Government agencies to be unlawful," Senator Ludlam said today.

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A way forward: proposed reforms to surveillance laws tabled today

The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has today tabled its inquiry into Australia's electronic surveillance laws, chaired by Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

The report was tabled as the Senate has begun debating mandatory data retention legislation, which will entrench some of the more serious flaws in Australia's surveillance regime.

"It is evident to many people what has gone wrong with our regime of state surveillance, but it is much harder to identify how to restore integrity to our system," Senator Ludlam said.

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Greens condemn Abbott and Shorten over back-room mass surveillance deal

The Australian Greens have slammed the rushed passage of the government's mass surveillance regime through the House of Representatives thanks to a back-room deal between Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten.

"Bill Shorten has thrown the beleaguered Prime Minister a surveillance lifeline that could cost in excess of $400 million in the first year alone," Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens communication spokesperson said today.

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Greens Finally win Inquiry into Surveillance in Australia

Australian Greens spokesperson on Communications, Senator Scott Ludlam. 12 December 2013.

After several unsuccessful attempts, the Australian Greens finally today achieved Senate agreement to an inquiry into surveillance in Australia.

"The complicity of silence about surveillance in Australia broke today when we opened up an opportunity for Australian experts, agencies and individuals to participate in a conversation of what surveillance is necessary and proportionate.

"A review of the deeply flawed Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act is well overdue.

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