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Questions to the Minister for Communications on HD broadcasts

Question No. 1804 Senator Ludlam: asked the Minister for Communications on 30 January 2015:

With reference to High Definition (HD) in the Australian television industry:

(1). What proportion of Australian households does the Department of Communications estimate currently have a television capable of displaying HD (720p or 1080p) image quality.

(2). Is the Minister aware that:

(a) some estimates place the proportion of Australian households with an HD capable televisionas high as 77 percent;

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$300 million to implement, 15 cents to circumvent

Mandatory data retention legislation that costs over $300 million dollars to implement, and around 15 cents a day to circumvent, was due to come into effect today, but most Internet Service Providers have not received a response from the Attorney-General's Department about the plans they were required to submit, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Communications Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Scott speaks on the Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia-Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (19:06): I move the second reading amendment standing in my name:

At the end of the motion, add:

but further consideration of this bill be made an order of the day for the first sitting day after the Government has tabled the Privacy Impact Assessment conducted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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Government taking ABC debate to 'hysterical levels of stridency'

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today that the Abbott Government should cease using Monday night's episode of Q&A to further his government's attack on the ABC and public broadcasting.

"The discussion about the editorial decisions made by the ABC is now being wound up to hysterical levels of stridency by the Abbott Government," Senator Ludlam said today.

"The ABC has apologised and will conduct a review. That is a proper process.

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Leading Abbott policy maker marks 112th birthday

The Greens have today marked George Orwell's birthday, noting his seminal work, 1984, and its considerable value to policy makers within the Abbott government.

"When Mr Orwell penned 1984, he can scarcely have imagined that all these years later it would be such a foundational inspiration for government lawmaking on privacy, anonymity and free speech," Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Greens welcome Senate’s rejection of SBS advertising bill

The Greens have welcomed the Senate's rejection of the Federal Government's SBS advertising bill, calling it the latest in a long line of assaults against Australia's public broadcasters.

The Greens, ALP and some crossbench MPs ensured the vote was rejected 31-28.

"Prime Minister Abbott promised no cuts to SBS or the ABC, but since coming to office they're done just that and tried to effectively blackmail SBS with the threat of increased advertising or harsher cuts," Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens communications spokesperson said today.

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