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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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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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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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Level Up WA: Our plan for the videogames industry

With a small smart investment from government, Western Australia could become a hub for the national video games industry, which generates more than $2 billion a year, under a Greens plan released today.

"The massive success of mobile gaming, and the emerging technology of VR, present huge opportunities for the industry, and with just a few key measures, we could see a considerable amount of that work undertaken in Western Australia," Greens Communications spokesperson and Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said today.

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The future of Australia's videogame development industry

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that – 
The Senate –
1.    Notes 
a.    The videogames industry is the fastest-growing entertainment industry in the world
b.    In Australia in recent years the industry has generated over $2 billion in retail revenue, and it continues to grow
c.    It is larger than the local film industry, but federal government assistance has been cut

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

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.

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