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Navy patrols near the artificial islands China has constructed in the South China Sea

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 20 November 2015: With reference to the United States recent indication that it will soon begin sending navy patrols near the artificial islands China has constructed in the South China Sea:

(1) Has the Department, the Minister or any other official been approached by US personnel in relation to Australian involvement in this type of mission.

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Take a seat Tony, one Trump is already too many

It's well past time the Prime Minister put a stop to Tony Abbott's extremist rhetoric, the Australian Greens said today.

"Tony Abbott's latest outburst is destructive and counterproductive, and should no longer be indulged by the Liberal Party," Australian Greens Acting Leader Scott Ludlam said today.

"Perhaps this is Mr Abbott's way of putting his name forward as Ambassador to the USA under would-be President Trump.

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Government denies justice to East Timor

The government has blocked a proposed Senate vote on alleged Australian spying on Timor Leste, but the Greens have warned that the messy truth will eventually come out.

Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam co-sponsored the motion with Senator Nick Xenophon, seeking to have the passport of a key witness returned so that he can give evidence in international arbitration brought by the Government of Timor Leste.

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Samarco Iron Ore Mine Disaster

NOTICE OF MOTION 23 November 2015

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

The Senate:

1. Notes:
a. The disaster at the Samarco iron ore mine, owned by BHP and Vale, which claimed the lives of twelve people with 22 still missing, left thousands homeless, and has left 280,000 without drinking water;

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