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ABC cuts will have a huge impact

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam says the massive restructure to the ABC announced today by Mark Scott proves once and for all that the Abbott government simply cannot expect to cut $327 million from the broadcaster's budget and 400 jobs from its headcount and expect to avoid drastic changes to the ABC's capabilities.

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Crossbenchers band together on data retention concern

Crossbenchers band together on data retention concern
Media Statement
Greens spokesperson for Communications
Senator for WA Scott Ludlam
October 20, 2014
 

The Australian Greens, the Liberal Democratic Party and Senator Nick Xenophon have teamed up to hold an event in Parliament House during the next Senate sitting week to step up the campaign against the Government’s proposed mandatory data retention legislation.

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Abbott causes NBN error for WA

Vast swathes of Western Australia will miss out on a world-class, fast broadband service under the Abbott Government, a senate inquiry will hear today.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said people across the state would be stranded on the obsolete copper telephone network under the current plan advanced by Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.

"Farmers, regional architects, designers and software developers in WA could have been conducting business with people across the world with fast broadband," he said.

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Rejecting government interference in ABC editorial decisions

NOTICE OF MOTION
Senator Ludlam

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the Senate:

Notes:

1. The ABC is accountable to its Charter, its Board and the people of Australia;

2. Editors and journalists, not politicians, should make editorial decisions in a democracy that values a free press;

3. 80% of Australians surveyed believe the ABC is balanced and even-handed when reporting news and current affairs;

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Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 11/06/2013

To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy-With regard to the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Community Advisory Committee (CAC) established under section 50 of the SBS Act, which is to be appointed by, but independent of, the SBS Board:

(1) Who currently sits on the CAC.

(2) How is the CAC contactable:
(a) by email; and
(b) by post.

(3) Is the SBS Board able to appoint its own members to the CAC.

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