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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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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 Announce Digital Rights Commissioner

With more and more Australians conducting more and more of their education, business, finance and social lives online, the Australian Greens have announced a plan for an independent human rights commissioner for digital rights, to advocate for the online safety, accessibility, privacy and security of all Australians, Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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It's time for government to get in the game

The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee recommended that a successor to the Australian Interactive Games Fund be instigated, in the 'Future of Australia's video game development industry' report tabled today, Greens Communications Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

"Establishing a replacement for the AIGF will assist small independent studios to grow into flourishing ongoing enterprises. This is just one of the recommendations the report makes, but it's the most immediate step the government can take for this industry.

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Greens welcome objectives of PM cyber-announcement

Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Communications Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam has welcomed the objectives and values outlined in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's cyber-security announcement today.

"We agree with Prime Minister Turnbull that the internet is the most important tool for innovation in Australia, so we'll keep fighting his efforts to cripple the National Broadband Network," Senator Ludlam said.

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February 2016 Estimates QoN: Local content on Pay TV

Senator LUDLAM: It is a useful point. You can take this on notice. Let us leave sport aside for a sec, because there is a whole variety of other content we have only very briefly discussed, how much local Australian content does the pay TV or subscription TV industry produce annually?

Mr Meagher: Procure?

Senator LUDLAM: Produce.

Mr Meagher: It is hundreds of hours, and we can get that detail for you.

Mr Maiden: We will take it on notice.

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