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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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Greens will legislate to dismiss fines and save census 'snapshot'

With the census website in meltdown, the Greens have called on the ABS to immediately confirm no fines will be levied on those unable to complete the survey. 

In addition, the Greens will introduce amendments when parliament returns, to ensure that people acting to protect their privacy in response to the census will not be fined, and to prevent the ABS from entrenching individual 'linkage keys' that track every citizen for their lifetime.

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ABS must rule out census fines: Greens

Minister Michael McCormack must direct the Australian Bureau of Statistics to rule out fines for people that do not wish to provide their name and address details when completing their census forms, the Australian Greens said today.

"The ABS response to privacy concerns has been wholly inadequate, and if they refuse to push census day back, they need to guarantee they will not fine people who choose to protect their own privacy," said Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam today.

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Greens applaud rare win against uranium mine at Yeelirrie

Scott Ludlam 3 Aug 2016

The Greens have urged WA Environment minister Albert Jacobs to uphold the EPA's advice to reject the controversial Yeelirrie uranium in the Goldfields of WA.

"The Yeelirrie uranium mine was first proposed in the 1970's and has faced strong local and state wide community opposition for decades," said Greens nuclear spokesperson Scott Ludlam.

"Today's decision by the EPA should be the final nail in a proposal that should never have seen the light of day.

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WA Greens Senators returned to the Senate

Scott Ludlam 1 Aug 2016

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and Senator Rachel Siewert have been re-elected to the Senate.

Senator Siewert said:

“Scott and I are thrilled to be returned to the Senate, we would like to thank the tireless volunteers who ran a remarkable field campaign to ensure our re-election.

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