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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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The Liberals Mandatory Data Retention Scheme supported by Labor

Senator Ludlam:

To move-

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the expensive, intrusive and ultimately pointless mandatory telecommunications data retention scheme was introduced in the 2015-16 Budget at a cost to taxpayers of $153.8 million,

(ii) mandatory data retention forces Australian Internet service providers and telecommunications carriers to retain comprehensive records on their customers' Internet and telephone habits for a period of 2 years,

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Don’t Merge ABC & SBS: Greens

Any merger of the ABC and SBS would be in name only, it would more closely resemble a takeover of SBS and NITV by the ABC, the Australian Greens said today.

"What SBS and NITV are able to accomplish with comparatively tiny budgets is extraordinary, and the value of these services goes far beyond the purely economic," Australian Greens Communications Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Strong digital encryption


22 February 2016

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

The Senate -

1. Notes;

a. Strong digital encryption protects the personal and financial information of millions of people;

b. Encryption is an important tool to prevent identity theft and other crime;

c. Encryption ensures that public interest whistleblowers, journalists and other civil  society actors can conduct their activities more securely;

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