18 Aug 2009
Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (11.24 am)
The Australian Greens welcome the government's decision to abolish conclusive certificates under the Freedom of Information (Removal of Conclusive Certificates and Other Measures) Bill 2008 but, strictly speaking, only as part of the broader reform package for Australia's freedom of information regime. Many of the witnesses at the hearings held when the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration considered this bill pointed out very strongly that these measures are really only sensible in the context of much broader reforms, and we look forward to those coming before the Senate.
01 Jun 2009
We're right in the middle of Senate Estimates, and are slowly picking out the best bits to put up here on the website. For the uninitiated, twice each year, usually in May and November, the estimates of proposed annual expenditure of government departments and authorities are referred by the Senate to the relevant legislation committees for examination and report. At the estimates hearings, Senators may directly question Ministers and public officials not only about the details of proposed expenditure but also about the objectives, operations and efficiency of the programs for which they are responsible.
27 May 2009
Senator LUDLAM-I am interested in pursuing some of the same issues in terms of the increased
advertising, particularly in the middle of programs. I know that was not the original intention, but it seems to have become part of the practice. Is lack of funding pushing SBS to thin out program content and insert this sort of material? Going to the questions that Senator Minchin was pursuing before, and having read how it was expressed here, will any of the additional money that you have in the budget be used to draw down the amount of advertising that you are putting into programming or is it all going into other areas?
Mr Brown-The additional money that we are receiving is broadly for the provision of local content, and
that is what it will be spent on. The impact of the commercial downturn does mean that some content that is funded by commercial dollars cannot take place.
27 Mar 2009
The right of public servants to make a disclosure in the public interest must be protected by new whistleblower laws, if the Government is serious about being more open and accountable, say the Australian Greens.
"When he was Opposition Leader, Kevin Rudd spoke about his desire to reform the public service by encouraging fearless and frank advice. Now he's Prime Minister, Mr Rudd must make good on his promise to create a more independent public service and accountable Government, by protecting public servants who expose wrong doing," said the Greens Attorney Generals Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.
24 Mar 2009
The Greens have welcomed the release of legislation to reform Australia's freedom of information regime, but say the government must put processes in place to create a genuinely open culture in the public service.
"Reform of Australia's freedom of information laws are well over due and the release of this legislation is an important first step in making government more open, transparent and accountable," said the Greens Attorney Generals Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.
18 Feb 2009
Figures obtained by the Australian Greens reveal the high risk of mishap from the uranium industry at a time when the WA Government is trying to hose down the danger.
16 Feb 2009
Successful negotiations by the Australian Greens will soon see money flowing to Western Australian local councils, creating new jobs and improvements in local amenity.
09 Jan 2009
In response to the Crikey article Radioactive Waste for Christmas:
The Senate Inquiry into my bill to repeal Howard's Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005 received 103 submissions from organisations and individuals. Two public hearings held in Alice Springs and Canberra provided thoughtful and considered input to the Environment, Communication and the Arts Committee's deliberations and final report.
Overall, I would characterise the process as a very constructive one that pooled information and expertise, and encouraged constructive dialogue about a complicated and controversial issue which has rarely been given the space for open debate.
03 Dec 2008
Senator Ludlam delivers a speech in the Parliament on Uranium.
27 Nov 2008
Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, and WA Greens MP Giz Watson, on A Current Affair talking about why Uranium mining, and the Nuclear industry is a bad idea.