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The war on encryption

I want to speak briefly tonight on a subject that has been bugging me for a little while. It is something that I guess has been creeping up on us for a time, but even in the matter of the last couple of days it has broken open somewhat, including in the National Security Statement that the Prime Minister delivered in the House earlier today. That is the subject of encryption of private communications. It is something of a sleeper issue.

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Climate Change and national security inquiry

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 4 December 2017:

The implications of climate change for Australia’s national security with particular reference to:

(a) the threats and long-term risks posed by climate change to national security and international security, including those canvassed in the National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate Report by the United States Department of Defense;

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Game on: more than playing around

To move

That the Senate

(a) notes:

(i) the unanimous findings of the Environment and Communications References Committee report, Game on: more than playing around, The future of Australia’s video game development industry, received on 29 April 2016, and

(ii) the absence of any government response to the findings of this inquiry; and

 

(b) orders:

that there be laid on the table by the Minister for Communications, by no later than 3pm on 14 June 2017, a copy of the government response to this report.

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Turnbull's demands to break encryption are counter-productive, dangerous and ignorant: Greens

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s demand for “access” to encrypted services reveals a Brandis-esque level of digital illiteracy across this entire government, Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader Scott Ludlam said today.

“This knee-jerk reaction to horrific incidents is not going to prevent more of them. Spying on more people can’t help, particularly when the perpetrators are already known to authorities - as they were in Melbourne, in London, in Sydney.

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Greens call on government to protect the rights of Australian journalist

The Australian Greens today called on the Turnbull government to finally stand up for Julian Assange, an Australian citizen and journalist persecuted for publishing.

"For seven years the Australian Greens have protested the inaccurate and prejudicial statement made about WikiLeaks and Mr Assange by the Gillard government, as well as the inaction of the Rudd, Abbott and Turnbull governments," Australian Greens Co-deputy leader and communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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