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WA Travelsmart program

ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
MONDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2011

Senator LUDLAM-Am I correct in believing that there was, at one stage, one Commonwealth FTE position that was coordinating the various state based TravelSmart projects, and I think I should correct you and say that the WA TravelSmart program was a lot more than a pilot project; it was quite extensive, and it has been adopted elsewhere. Is it the case that you did have someone in your employ who was coordinating that work and they have since been shuffled off and they are not doing that anymore?

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National Contact Point - Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Estimates Transcript - Economics Committee - Wednesday 20th October
Department of the Treasury

CHAIR-I now welcome the Markets Group of Treasury to the table.

Senator LUDLAM-I think it is Mr Murphy who I want to put some questions to. I was just going back through the transcript from last year and it was a nearly a year ago today that we spoke about the OECD national contact point. Are you still the right person to put some questions to about that?

Mr Murphy-Yes, if you want to. Frank Di Giorgio is here as well.

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Greens negotiate safeguards for public NBN

The Australian Greens have secured safeguards making any future privatisation of the National Broadband Network subject to a full public inquiry and vote in parliament.

"The point of this exercise is to make it as difficult as possible for a future Government to put us through a repeat of the Telstra privatisation debacle," Senator Scott Ludlam said.

"If we're going to the expense of $11 billion to bring Telstra's networks back into public hands, we'd rather not repeat the whole privatisation mess in 13 years time."

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Mining tax review stacked with uranium industry representatives

The Australian Greens have criticised the Federal Government for stacking its mining tax Policy Transition Group with uranium industry representatives.
The Greens spokesperson for mining, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said four of the nine members of the group are committed supporters of uranium mining. 

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SBS subtitling

Senator Ludlam (Western Australia) asked the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, upon notice, on 2 July 2010:

(1) Which positions are being made redundant in the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) subtitling and news and current affairs areas.

(2) What are the reasons for these cuts.

(3) Will these cuts make a difference to the quality of SBS's news and current affairs coverage; if so, how.

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