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Is the Abbott government distancing itself from commitment to universal internet service?

12 Aug 2014

Universal service of internet, and the cross-subsidy where the lucrative urban market subsidises the satellite and the wireless needed to service the outback and other remote locations, was once a very firm policy commitment of the Abbott government. But now when asked if it is government policy, Senator Fifield goes to ask his superiors, who direct us to a review they've set up- and we wouldn't be surprised if that review is a prelude to another canned coalition commitment.

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Government may be considering forcing more advertising onto the SBS

12 Aug 2014

Despite Senator Fifield stating there is "No change in prospect" regarding government policy on SBS advertising levels, Minister Turnbull refuses to rule out what options the 'efficiency study' has considered. Given this government's track record on promises, we're not at all confident in Senator Fifield's prediction of 'no change in prospect'.

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Joint Strike Fighter Performance Concerns

18 Jul 2014

One of the greatest concerns about the F35 Joint Strike Fighter is it's sub-par air-superiority performance, relative to the F-22. This was not helped in any way by the Chief of US Air Combat Command, General Mike Hostage,—saying on the 3 February this year: "If I do not keep that F-22 fleet viable, the F-35 … will be irrelevant. [It] is not built as an air superiority platform."

Scott asked our Air-Marshal to explain the comment, or the context which it was taken out of.

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What is a 'Fifth Generation Fighter' and does the JSF qualify as one?

18 Jul 2014

There are a number of divergent views on the flight-performance of the JSF, and many of them are not flattering. Yet we've been waived away again and again with the reasoning that it's a 'fifth generation fighter'.

But when put to question on what that term means, exactly- we've been told that "terms are open to interpretation for marketing purposes by aircraft manufacturers", and that the ways the JSF fail some 5th generation fighter definitions aren't important.

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Lightening of Joint Strike Fighter not predicted to compromise it's protection from lightning

18 Jul 2014

Given that the war-planes are planned to be based in Darwin, it was alarming to hear reports that the Joint Strike Fighter is currently restricted from flying within 40 km of an electrical storm. Scott asked some important questions to ensure that our 12 billion dollar war plane purchase wouldn't be grounded by regular weather. 

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LNG projects set to increase CO2 emissions, with no modelled reductions by direct action.

18 Jul 2014

Expansion in the LNG sector is sect to increase our greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 36 tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2020. The impact of the government's direct action plan has not been modelled however, as it was *still* in 'development' at the time.

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Ranger 3 rehabilitation held to ransom?

18 Jul 2014

Scott asks some probing questions about whether the company behind the Ranger mine can even afford to rehabilitate the site and whether it is getting site approvals from government it mightn’t otherwise.

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Ranger 3 Environmental Impact Assessment held back until after restart approved by Minister.

18 Jul 2014

Senator Ludlam asked basic questions about the assessment process, and we find that the accident-prone uranium processing plant has since been given restart go-ahead by Minister MacFarlane before the Environmental Impact Assessment is even complete.

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Senate estimates: Is there any commitment from this Government on homelessness?

05 Jun 2014

Scott is working with 40 or 50 people sleeping in their cars and in swags and in tents in a car park in Rockingham.
He asks the government what he can take home to them about this government's policy on homelessness, and whether the cumulative impacts of the budget will be to throw thousands or probably tens of thousands more people into homelessness.

The government's silence is deafening.

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Senate Estimates: What is the future of the National Rental Affordability Scheme?

05 Jun 2014

The Abbott Government has capped the NRAS at 38,000 incentives but there are no plans to extend the scheme beyond that, so what is the future of the NRAS?

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Senate Estimates: Abbott's lack of policy on housing and homelessness

05 Jun 2014

The Abbott Government has sacked anyone with any expertise on housing supply, cut $40m from the capital budgets of homelessness support providers and abolished the National Rental Affordability Scheme.

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Senate Estimates: Is Muckaty Station safe under an Abbott Government?

03 Jun 2014

Senator Scott Ludlam has used Senate Estimates to ask the Government if it will forge ahead with plans to dump radioactive waste at Muckaty Station if a Federal court case deems the NLC did not follow legal or ethical practice.

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Senate Estimates: Is ARENA funding for WA projects secure?

03 Jun 2014

Western Australia has a few projects funded under ARENA which is set to be abolished under the Abbott government. One of those includes a solar thermal project in Perenjori, near Geraldton. So is the funding secure and what advances have we discovered from renewable energy projects?

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Senate Estimates: F35 Joint Strike Fighters

03 Jun 2014

In Senate Estimates, Scott Ludlam asks Australia's Chief Air Marshall about our plan to buy 58 F35 Joint Strike Fighters, but where's the money and are they worth it?

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Senate Estimates: ANSTO budget funding for uranium waste disposal

02 Jun 2014

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) was granted $45m to send spent fuel from its Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) reactor -  to the US for processing and storage - but only until May 2016 - what then? 

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Senate Estimates: What will be the make-up of the NBN?

29 May 2014

Scott asks NBN chiefs how the make-up of the NBN will look from the retailers point of view - will Telstra dominate - or can the little guys get a look in?

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Senate Estimates: What does ASIO know about US drone strikes on Australians?

29 May 2014

Senate Estimates: What does ASIO know about US drone strikes on Australians?

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Senate Estimates: The Broken Deal on Point Peron

29 May 2014

A deal was made in 1964 between the then Prime Minister and the then Premier that the land at Point Peron would never be developed for commercial purposes- but the Government is now backing out of that deal.

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Senate Estimates: The Great Land Sale!

29 May 2014

The Government is pulling together a list of land to sell to the private sector but there is no guarantee it will be used for affordable housing.

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Senate Estimates: Another broken election promise - cuts to the SBS

29 May 2014

Scott asks SBS boss what he considered as a 'down payment' on cuts to the SBS, to which Michael Ebeid replies - "I think it means more cuts".

 

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Senate Estimates: Does Australia care about drones strikes on Australian citizens?

28 May 2014

In November last year, the US killed two Australian citizens in drones attacks in Yemen. But Australia's Attorney General shows no interest  in the legality of drones strikes in non-war time.

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Senate Estimates: Who's advising Brandis on copyright policy?

28 May 2014

Scott asks the Attorney General and his department who is providing his advice on copyright policy, who he has spoken to and what his departmental task force is investigating.

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Public Housing and the NBN

28 May 2014

Public Housing in Carlton seemed to be missing out on the NBN rollout- Scott stepped in to make sure that some of our most disadvantaged weren't being cut out or put last in the rollout of this important infrastructure.

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