Communications

Our communications priorities have been to maximise the ability of Australians to access communications technologies and networks regardless of location, inequality or disability. We seek to maximise diversity in media ownership in Australia with a view to diffusing the concentration of ownership by a handful of corporate interests, maximising the reach of alternative voices including community broadcasters, SBS and independent producers.

In particular, the Greens have been a strong voice against Government attempts to censor the internet or exploit communications technologies to massively expand surveillance of the Australian people. 

media-releases

Another day, another net filter fail from this most agile government

15 Sep 2016

The Government should immediately confirm whether or not it intends to introduce a radical new internet filter blocking overseas commercial sites that don't charge GST, as reported by Choice magazine.

"I honestly hope that this is a hoax, because it is hard to believe that a proposal as off-the-wall as this one could seriously be under consideration. Treasury should shut this down or come clean," Greens Communications spokesperson and Co-Deputy Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

media-releases

Greens support Triple J moving date of Hottest 100

13 Sep 2016

With calls becoming louder every year to respect those for whom January 26 represents a tragedy, not a celebration, the Greens strongly support the suggestion that Triple J move the Hottest 100 to a more appropriate date to mark national unity and diversity, Australian Greens Spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

motions

Census

13 Sep 2016

I move that the Senate notes the technical failures of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website on Census night, 9 August 2016, prevented thousands of people completing the Census.

media-releases

Labor in #censusfail cave-in shock

12 Sep 2016

The Labor party voted with the Coalition to let the government off the hook for the spectacular failure of the National Census, the Australian Greens said today.

motions

No #censusfail fines

01 Sep 2016

The government should not fine people that have not completed the census because of the government's own incompetence. 

video

#censusfail - Adjournment speech

31 Aug 2016

I would like to thank everyone who supported me in taking my place in here over the election campaign, particularly my family, Senator Siewert and the formidable Greens team who worked so hard so that both of us could be here tonight.

motions

Inquiry into the 2016 Census

31 Aug 2016

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

The 2016 Census...

media-releases

NBN/AFP raids set troubling precedence

24 Aug 2016

Greens are deeply troubled by the AFP raids inside Parliament House today.

media-releases

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

09 Aug 2016

The Australian Greens will introduce legislation 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 individual 'linkage keys' that track every citizen for their lifetime from being generated without consent.

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