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Greens call on WA Attorney General to support journalists' shield laws

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam has called on WA Attorney General Christian Porter to support shield laws to protect journalists and whistle-blowers.

"Effective shield laws for journalists and public service whistle-blowers act as an encouragement to vigilance and integrity," said Senator Ludlam. "If journalists can not protect their sources, we will not have people coming forward to expose wrong-doing and abuses of power."

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Shield Laws for Journalists

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (1.08 pm)-I rise to briefly add some comments on the understanding that this is a matter which will come back to the chamber next week and be discussed in more detail. I want to put the position of the Australian Greens on record at this stage in the second reading debate that we will be supporting this bill. It is a principle that we have supported for many years but particularly in the process that Senator Brandis alluded to of investigating the government's proposal for shield laws.

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Burma Update

DFAT 18 October 2010

Senator LUDLAM-I will kick off with a couple of questions on Burma, if we have the right folk at the table.

Mr Borrowman-That is me.

Senator LUDLAM-You get all the hard ones.

Mr Borrowman-I will not disappoint you as much as last time.

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Australian Greens, Labor commit to agreement for stable Government

The Australian Greens and the Labor Party have signed an agreement to ensure stability for Labor in Government. The Greens will ensure supply and oppose any motion of no confidence in the Government from other parties or MPs.

Labor will work with the Greens to deliver improved transparency and integrity to Parliament and pursue policies that promote the national interest and address climate change.

As part of the agreement there will be regular meetings between the Prime Minister and Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and newly-elected Lower House MP Adam Bandt.

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Going to War - Who Should Decide?

Scott Ludlam 25 Feb 2010

Senator LUDLAM-I thank the Senate for flexibility in being given leave to make a couple of brief remarks. The Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2008 [No. 2] is a bill that I took carriage of as one of the first things that I did when I got here. As Senator Bishop has indicated, it does have a long history.

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Making Governments Accountable

Scott Ludlam 2 Feb 2010

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (4.53 pm)-I was certainly interested to hear those comments and I thank Senator Bernardi for chairing that inquiry. I found it very interesting as well, possibly for some slightly different reasons. I want to provide a bit of context as to how this inquiry came about in the first place.

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