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Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act

Senate Standing Committee on Economics - Budget Estimates 4 - 6 June 2013

Senator LUDLAM asked:

Senator LUDLAM: I would like to bring us back to where you started. Mr Kell, I missed the beginning of your opening statement. It is probably no surprise that I am going to take you back to that topic. I think part of what I might have missed was where you told us the number of times that ASIC has used section 313 of the Telecommunications Act to knock out a particular website.

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Extreme Coalition schemes to sell Australia Post and HECS debts herald the “Age of Unreason”

The Abbott Government is degenerating into extremism and harebrained schemes, the Greens warned today after the revelation the Coalition was considering privatising Australia Post and student debt.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Government should rule out privatising Australia Post.

"Millions of Australians rely on Australia Post for an essential service - particularly with the now vast online retail sector. Privatisation will see corners cut and costs raised," said Senator Ludlam.

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Public must come first in review of NBN

The public interest must come first in the review of the NBN, the Greens said today.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said that telecommunications users, advocacy groups and industry must be consulted and the review of the NBN made open and accountable to the public.

"Malcolm Turnbull has purged the board and might seek to remake the NBN in his own image, but the NBN is public infrastructure paid for by the Australian people - and the public have a right to know what is happening and to make their voices heard.

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Still time to listen to reason on NBN

Following resignations from the NBN Co board, the Greens have again urged the Coalition to ditch its plan to strand Australia on an obsolete copper network.

“It’s been just over a fortnight and everything the Coalition touches turns to ash,” Senator Ludlam said.

“There is still time for this Government to abandon ‘fraudband’ and get the project back on track.

“The NBN needs to be public, transparent, fast and unfiltered – that is what the Greens worked for at every step of the process.

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Surprise: Abbott's national internet filter

On the eve of the election, the Coalition has unleashed a national internet filter more expansive in scope than the Rudd Government's defeated scheme.

"Tony Abbott has actually proposed that anyone who wants to access uncensored online content will have to put themselves on a watch list by opting out of the filter," said Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Ask Kevin Rudd Anything – except REDACTED

Kevin Rudd's "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit failed to live up to its name, with the Prime Minister ignoring questions about PRISM and surveillance.

"Reddit forums generate more questions than can be answered, but Mr Rudd ignored the highest ranking questions about large-scale warrantless surveillance," said Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens communications spokesperson.

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Greens plan to wind back surveillance overreach

In light of the PRISM scandal, the Australian Greens will announce a package of protective measures to address ongoing surveillance overreach today in a trans-Tasman online forum.

"Edward Snowden has revealed that widespread, warrantless and illegal surveillance is occurring,"said Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

"Initial government and corporation denial has since been exposed as lies, perjury and obfuscation while the surveillance simply continues.

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Greens deplore 35 year sentence for Bradley Manning

The Greens believe that Private First Class Bradley Manning's trial and sentence sets very dangerous precedents for whistleblowers, journalists, publishers and democracy itself. 

"After more than three years in prison, initially in an animal cage and sometimes stripped naked, Bradley Manning has been sentenced for 35 years (with 1294 days credit) for telling the truth about dirty wars," said Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens Communications spokesperson.

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Greens Plan to Support local Community Broadcasting

Today on Perth community radio station RTR FM, the Australian Greens launched a $27million package to support our independent and diverse community media sector.

"Media diversity is vital to the health of our democracy and in this country media diversity is in retreat and community broadcasting provides a vital voice for local people and issues," said Senator Scott Ludlam.

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