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Wikipedia strikes back – where is the Australian Government?

As Wikipedia goes on strike to protest the proposed ‘Stop Online Piracy Act' (SOPA) currently before the US Congress, the Greens have called on the Australian Government to take a stand in defence of Australian internet users and protect the viability of the medium.

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam pointed to the global blackout of online encyclopaedia Wikipedia as an example of the depth of the campaign to prevent the bill from becoming law.

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Support for games developers an exciting step, but film industry not yet ‘saved’

Extending the 40% producer tax offset to games developers, as foreshadowed by Arts Minister Simon Crean today, is a forward-thinking and job-creating step first proposed by the Greens in 2007.

However, claims that the film industry has been ‘saved' by the increased tax offsets are premature, with an urgent need to lift the location offset to match global standards in order to continue to generate jobs and investment, the Australian Greens said today

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Government and Opposition throw Assange to the wolves

The Labor Government and the Coalition today refused to back a call from the Australian Greens to ensure the legal rights of Julian Assange are protected and that the Australian citizen is not extradited to the United States.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam moved the motion in light of the pending decision on the WikiLeaks' editor's possible extradition to Sweden, and it was rejected by the Government and Opposition.

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Government must reveal what it knows of the campaign against WikiLeaks

Australian Greens spokesperson for communications, Senator Scott Ludlam, has called on the Government to reveal its hand on the campaign against whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks.

Senator Ludlam has formally asked the Government what assurances it has secured that, if extradited, WikiLeaks' Australian chief Julian Assange will face the charges of which he is accused in Sweden and will not be subject to the temporary surrender mechanism that could see him extradited to the United States.

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Liberals must drop ‘demolition delusion’ as NBN rolls out to half a million more homes

The Coalition's destructive fantasy of wrecking the National Broadband Network becomes more untenable by the day, with today's publication of forward plans to take the network to half a million more Australian households over the next 12 months.

Australian Greens communication spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said Tony Abbott's vow to "demolish" the NBN becomes increasingly dangerous with every suburb and township connected to the infrastructure project.

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OzHub initiative welcomed

The Australian Greens today welcomed the launch of OzHub, a new alliance to promote awareness on the implications of cloud computing.

"Australian privacy laws are under review because they're badly out of date, but we still have tighter protections than in many other parts of the world," Australian Greens Communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

"End users and businesses should have a transparent choice to host data domestically where they have some avenues of complaint and redress that don't exist elsewhere."

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SBS a great part of our nation

The Australian Greens welcomed this evening's launch of the Friends of SBS by praising the broadcaster as "a vital service bringing Australians of diverse backgrounds together".

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said SBS is an important cultural institution and deserves adequate public funding.

"SBS was the first multicultural broadcaster established in the world. Today SBS radio transmits in a different language every hour and more than seven million viewers watch SBS TV in 63 languages every week.

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Cybercrime Bill needed surgery and got a bandaid

The Government's amendments to the Cybercrime Bill leave acknowledged major flaws in the legislation completely unchanged, the Australian Greens warned today.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said that despite a series of recommendations made in a unanimous multi-party committee report on the legislation the Government had addressed only one of the problems identified.

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