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Great win for nuclear veterans, but still more to do

Scott Ludlam 8 May 2017

Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader and nuclear spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam has thanked Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan for extending the veterans ‘Gold Card’ to service personnel exposed to nuclear radiation at Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the British nuclear test sites in South Australia, but says there is still more to do.

“It’s been a long fight. I’ve been advocating for this support for nuclear veterans for my 9 years here, but these veterans have been fighting for this recognition for more than 50 years.

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Turnbull must do better than unquestioning subservience to Trump: Greens

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s performance with President Trump in New York was weak and acquiescent, and did nothing to look out for Australia’s interests, Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today.   
 
“Watching Turnbull fawn over Trump and talk about our shared values was especially cringe-worthy. Which values of Trump’s does Turnbull share? The Prime Minister certainly isn’t speaking for most Australians.
 
“Australians don't value Trump’s enthusiasm for sexual assault. Australians don't value Trump’s compulsive dishonesty.
 

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Australian Press in perilous state on World Press Freedom Day

On World Press Freedom Day, where the fundamental principles of press freedom are celebrated, Australia’s media is in its worst shape in years, the Australian Greens said.

“Australian commentators can be quick to point to China, or Turkey, or elsewhere in the middle east, as regions that do not enjoy press freedom, but the sad reality is that right here at home we have our own significant attacks on press freedom to contend with,” said Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader and Communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Greens welcome ADF transparency first step

The changes in reporting casualties in the Middle East announced by the ADF are a long overdue first step towards transparency, the Australian Greens said today.

Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader and Defence spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said, “the Greens have long called for greater transparency regarding ADF involvement in incidents where civilians are killed and wounded. The fortnightly reports on Australian strikes are a good first step.

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Breach illustrates massive metadata regime flaws: Greens

The misuse of the metadata retention scheme perfectly illustrates the numerous flaws in the Labor/Liberal mass-surveillance laws, the Australian Greens said today.

“A scheme that was forced on to the public as a counter-terror tool was instead used in exactly the way we've long feared - in pursuit of a journalist and their source,” said Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Senator for WA Scott Ludlam today.

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Millions of lives in Korea depend on Trump responding rationally: Greens

Millions of lives on the Korean Peninsula now depend on United States President Donald Trump acting in an informed, considered and rational manner in the face of provocation, the Australian Greens said today. 

"A guy that loses his mind at a tweet is facing off with a guy who called a movie an act of war, and they're doing it with nuclear weapons," acting Australian Greens Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today. 

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