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Competition regulator must oppose iiNet/TPG merger

The proposed merger of two of Australia's last remaining independent Internet Service Providers will have a sharply negative impact on the level of competition in Australia's broadband market and must be opposed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

"I will be reminding the ACCC of its obligation to directly prohibit acquisitions which would be likely to have the effect of "substantially lessening competition in any market," Australian Greens Communications spokesman Senator Scott Ludlam said this morning.

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Government fails to rule out allowing mass-media-monopolies in its deregulation binge

Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications

Answers to Senate Estimates Questions on Notice

Supplementary Budget Estimates Hearings November 2013

Communications Portfolio

Department of Communications

Question No: 43

Program No. Legal

Hansard Ref: Page 9 (19/11/2013)

Topic: Convergence Review and Deregulation

Senator Ludlam asked:

Whether cross-media ownership laws are in the table as part of your deregulation agenda.

Answer:

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Greens will move to review flawed and dangerous Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Prime Minister Abbott should immediately stop the clock on negotiations over the secret text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which threatens to further extend the power of foreign multinational companies.

In the event that Parliament ever resumes, the Australian Greens will move for the Joint Standing Treaties Committee to urgently review what the Abbott Government is proposing to sign us up to.

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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 6:30PM - Public Forum: WikiLeaks, Assange and democracy: Don’t shoot the messenger

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam will speak at a public forum in Sydney tomorrow evening presented by the Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition and supported by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism.

The aggressive response of governments and corporations to the work of publishing organisation WikiLeaks raises serious questions about the future of the internet, government and corporate accountability, and freedom of speech.

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