Competition Policy, Small Business & Consumer Affairs
22 Dec 2009
Senate Standing Committee on Economics
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
Supplementary Budget Estimates
21 - 22 October 2009
Question: sbt 62
Hansard Page: E75 (22/10/09)
Senator LUDLAM asked:
Senator LUDLAM—My intention is to stay very much within the confines of this portfolio because I am interested in what is happening here. For example, has your minister ever made a speech to the mining industry or its representative bodies on human rights obligations in receiving communities?
Senator Sherry—I think I would have to take that on notice, because I do not know that Mr Colmer would be aware—
Senator LUDLAM—You do not have every speech locked up in—
Senator Sherry—of the Treasurer’s speeches. As much as I read all of them, I am not sure that Mr Colmer does, so I think it is a little unfair to ask Mr Colmer. Personally, when I had my previous responsibilities, I made a number of speeches, for example, on corporate social responsibilities and socially responsible investment in a number of contexts, and those speeches are on my website. As for the Treasurer, I would have to take that on notice.
25 May 2009
Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has written to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) asking it to recommend against a takeover bid for Western Australia's Lynas Corporation by a Chinese Government owned corporation, with significant mining investments in Burma. He plans to take up the issue in Senate Estimates hearings next week.
25 Feb 2009
Australian Green Senator Scott Ludlam says Treasurer Wayne Swan should block a potential deal between WA's Fortescue Metals and China's Hunan steel, due to the Chinese Communist Party's grim human rights record.
Fortescue Metals announced the details of the proposed half billion dollar deal this morning. It is the third Australian company in the last fortnight to announce plans for a deal with a Chinese state-backed company.
25 Feb 2009
A forecast 10,000 WA mining jobs to be lost in the next 18 months calls for fresh thinking on the WA economy, the Australians Green say.
22 Jan 2009
Governments at both a Federal and State level should prioritise green collar jobs for Western Australian workers as part of their forthcoming stimulus packages and infrastructure programs, as mining companies slash more than 4500 jobs across the state, says Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.
"This is a difficult time for many families in WA, and the Government needs to move fast to ensure that workers are given the retraining that they deserve. There are many opportunities as we transition to a low-carbon economy," Senator Ludlam said.
19 Dec 2008
Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam has urged the Chamber of Minerals and Energy to wake up to the imminent effects of climate change, and stop jeopardising the economic viability of their industry, as well as our future, at a Public Hearing Joint Standing Committee on Treaties into the Kyoto Protocol this morning.
“Its obvious to everyone that the ridiculously low 5 percent emissions target outlined Monday’s white paper will need to be revised. What will the mining industry do when it finds itself unprepared to operate within a carbon constrained global economy?” said Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.
26 Nov 2008
I refer to the government's national broadband network tender process and associated issues for end users of the network, which has been significantly shaped by the previous government's decision to privatise what is fast becoming an essential service. The winner of the tender to build the national broadband network will have control of what is essentially a natural monopoly. Given the high degree of concern expressed in the telecommunications industry about monopolistic and litigious practices by Telstra, will the minister consider in your deliberations the possibility of public ownership of the national broadband network so that the public interest is prioritised at all times over the interests of shareholders?
23 Oct 2008
The Australian Greens today commended the Foreign Minister for strengthening sanctions against the Burmese military regime, but warned against Australian companies profiteering.
"The Greens congratulate the Foreign Minister for taking action to increase the pressure and reiterate Australia's call for democracy in Burma," said Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.
18 Sep 2008
Senator Scott Ludlam's inaugural speech - part 3 of 3
18 Sep 2008
Senator Scott Ludlam's inaugural speech - part 2 of 3