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National Security Legislation Monitor - update at January 2011

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Supplementary Budget Estimates 18-21 October 2010

Dr McCarthy-The National Security Legislation Monitor will need to be someone with a strong background in national security issues, a person of high
standing. It is a part-time role, as you know, Senator. That is the reason why we were not required to advertise in the same way as for Public Service positions
more generally. The view was that a good field of candidates would be able to be developed for consideration.

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NBNCo must be subject to Freedom of Information Act

The Australian Greens will take action in the Senate to make the National Broadband Network Company subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Greens spokesperson for communications Senator Scott Ludlam said that it was unacceptable that a public enterprise investing approximately $27.5 billion of tax-payer's money would be exempt from the Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation.

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Strengthening the Australian National Contact Point (NCP)

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMICS QUESTION - (Supplementary Budget Estimates 20 October - 21 October)
Senator Ludlam asked:

Senator LUDLAM-There have been some calls, since the last time we spoke, about strengthening the
institutional arrangements and independence of the Australian NCP. Is their a view within government-either
within the department or with the minister-that this would be appropriate? I guess what I am asking is: are we happy with the situation as it is?

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Lesson of Afghanistan and Iraq: Only Parliament Should Have The Power To Declare War

The Australian Greens used the Afghanistan war debate today to strengthen their call for Parliament to be given the power to declare war.

The Greens believe the power to send Australian forces to war should rest in the hands of Parliament," Senator Scott Ludlam told the Senate today. "The former Government's reckless and indefinite commitment to an unwinnable war in Afghanistan is a stark reminder of the need for Parliament, as the body in which the will of the people is invested, to decide upon the deployment of the nation's defence forces."

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