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Greens Call for Caution and Scrutiny on War Crimes Changes

The Labor and Liberal parties have yet again sidelined the parliament and the Australian people by quietly agreeing to changes to war crimes legislation, shortcutting debate and expert analysis, Greens Foreign Affairs and Defence spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"These changes seriously alter the governance of ADF personnel in combat. They change the definition of a war crime. It's a highly charged, complex topic in which civilians in war zones on the other side of the world have no voice.

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Perth Freight Link contract cancellation costs to be revealed

The Turnbull Government has been ordered to reveal the financial penalties the Barnett Government has exposed WA taxpayers to, should the contracts into the Perth Freight link be terminated.

A successful Senate motion by Greens Senator for WA, Scott Ludlam also ordered any correspondence relating to penalties or compensation that will be offered to contractors, should the contracts for the Perth Freight Link be terminated upon a change of government at the State election next year.

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Order for Production of documents related to Perth Freight Link

NOTICE OF MOTION                                                                          31 August 2016                                                                                             

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that -

The Senate -                                                     

1.       Notes the Turnbull government intends to provide funding now worth $1.2 billion for the Perth Freight Link and has no social, environmental or economic credibility;

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No #censusfail fines

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that - The Senate -                                                     

1.       Notes

a.       the technical failures of the ABS website on census night - August 9th 2016 - prevented thousands of people completing the census;

b.      subsequent attempts to address the technical failures further added to confusion and impacted public confidence in the census process;

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Inquiry into the 2016 Census

That the following matters be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 24 November 2016:

The 2016 Census, with particular reference to:

(a) the preparation, administration and management on the part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Government in the lead up to the 2016 Census;

(b) the scope, collection, retention, security and use of data obtained in the 2016 Census;

(c) arrangements, including contractual arrangements, in respect of the information technology aspects of the Census;

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NBN/AFP raids set troubling precedence

The Australian Greens are deeply troubled by the AFP raids inside Parliament House today and have called on NBN management to simply come clean on whatever it is they are trying to hide.

“It is no secret that the NBN build is in deep trouble, with flawed political decisions by the Abbott/Turnbull Government leading to inevitable cost and time overruns and the selection of substandard technology for what should have been a world-class project,” Greens deputy and communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Answers needed on Australian spoiling tactics as nuclear ban treaty draws nearer

Scott Ludlam 20 Aug 2016

The Australian Greens are calling on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to explain why Australia voted against an historic international plan to move to a nuclear weapons ban in Geneva overnight.

“Against a backdrop of renewed momentum that has breathed new life into nuclear disarmament diplomacy, it is extraordinary that Australia has tried to sabotage the process and then faced a humiliating defeat when its spoiling tactics were voted down,” said Greens deputy leader Senator Scott Ludlam.

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