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Copper mine conflict shows need for vigilance on Burma

The Australian Government's hunger for trade ties with Burma ignores the ongoing dominance of the military and undermines the reform movement, the Australian Greens warned today.

Greens spokesperson for Burma Senator Scott Ludlam said "Foreign Minister Carr has been urging European governments to make the suspension of their sanctions on Burma permanent, but the conflict around Wet Hmay copper mine is just one of many examples of why it is far too soon to end our vigilance".

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Carr pushes barrow for Burmese regime while repression continues

Foreign Minister Bob Carr's enthusiasm for making Burma ‘open for business' will undermine the movement for further reform, the Australian Greens warned today.

Greens spokesperson for Burma Senator Scott Ludlam said "Minister Carr's lobbying of European politicians to permanently lift sanctions on Burma is hazardous in its haste".

"The European Union suspended, rather than abolished, sanctions on Burma because there is still much work to be done on human rights and political freedom in the country.

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Balance freedom and security or put both in danger

The Australian Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, warned the Federal Government to avoid jeopardising civil liberties and human rights in the pursuit of security in the wake of the Prime Minister's national security announcements today.

"It's a positive that the Prime Minister recognises that a secure international environment is built on trust, and reaffirmed the nation's commitment to multilateralism, but some of her statements and much of the Government's ‘security' agenda causes concern.

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Departments and Agencies contributing to the Discussion Paper on National Security Legislation reforms

Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Supplementary Budget Estimates 15-18 October 2012

Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio

Department/Agency: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Outcome/Program: 1.1.2 National Security and International Policy
Topic: Reforms to National Security Legislation

 

Senator: Senator Ludlam

Question reference number: 36

Type of Question: FPA, P111

Date set by the committee for the return of answer: 30 November 2012

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National Security Prioritisation

Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET ESTIMATES 15-18 OCTOBER 2012
Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio
Department/Agency: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Outcome/Program: 1.1.2 National Security and International Policy Topic: National Security Prioritisation
Senator: Senator Ludlam
Question reference number: 35
Type of Question: FPA, P110
Date set by the committee for the return of answer: 30 November 2012
Number of pages: 2
Question:

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Wikileaks Briefing - Agencies Consulted

Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
Supplementary Budget Estimates 15-18 October 2012
Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio
Department/Agency: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Outcome/Program: 1.1.2 National Security and International Policy Topic: Wikileaks Briefing - Agencies Consulted
Senator: Senator Ludlam
Question reference number: 29
Type of Question: FPA, P111
Date set by the committee for the return of answer: 30 November 2012
Number of pages: 1

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Reforms to National Security Legislation - Briefing to PM

Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
Supplementary Budget Estimates 15-18 October 2012
Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio
Department/Agency: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Outcome/Program: 1.1.2 National Security and International Policy Topic: Reforms to National Security Legislation - Briefing to PM
Senator: Senator Ludlam
Question reference number: 37
Type of Question: FPA, P111
Date set by the committee for the return of answer: 30 November 2012

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Condolence on the passing of former Deputy Prime Minister Lionel Bowen

Scott Ludlam 9 May 2012

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (17:14): I would like to add some words on behalf of the Australian Greens team and add our condolences on the passing of former Deputy Prime Minister Lionel Bowen. I have enjoyed listening to the words of Senators Faulkner and Carr in describing the friendships that have lasted through this extraordinary political career. Looking back at the words used to describe Mr Bowen, they are not words often associated with politics. Apart from being described as died-in-the-wool Labor he is described as being unassuming, as self effacing, as modest.

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