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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 accountability falls through WikiLeaks ‘memory hole’

The Government has invented a new reason to avoid answering questions in Senate Estimates hearings today, refusing to address topics relating to leaked documents.

"The Government has set an arbitrary and dangerous precedent based on nothing more than discomfort at revelations in successive WikiLeaks disclosures," Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Provisional Voting) Bill 2011

Scott Ludlam 11 May 2011

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (10:11): I rise to briefly put some observations on behalf of the Australian Greens. I think these are very important amendments that Senator Xenophon has moved. Like him, I am surprised at the bipartisan consensus from the two old parties that the situation certainly needs a bit of a look at at some stage by somebody, and in the meantime they will be combining their numbers to vote this amendment down.

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Cry for freedom in Zimbabwe resounds from Western Australia

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam will join with local activists and MPs at a public meeting in support of six imprisoned Zimbabwean human rights activists on Wednesday, April 20th, 7pm.

The six human rights activists on trial in Zimbabwe face charges of treason for organising a meeting to screen a film about the struggle for democracy in Egypt.

Senator Ludlam described the charges as a shocking symbol of the failure of the so-called ‘national unity' government.

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Greens welcome new shield law for journalists

The Australian Greens welcomed the successful passage of new shield laws for journalists and whistleblowers through the House of Representatives today.

The Greens shadow spokesperson for Communications, Senator Scott Ludlam, successfully secured amendments to the bill in the Senate to afford the protection of the shield laws to citizen-journalists, bloggers and independent media organisations as well as news professionals from the mainstream media. The amended bill was returned to the House and was passed today. Once approved by the Governor General it will become law.

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Greens warn of extreme police powers in WA

The WA and federal Greens have warned that a Barnett Government proposal to radically increase police powers for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting could lead to abuses of power, and the changes being made permanent.

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the CHOGM (Special Powers) Bill 2011 now in WA's state parliament was "extreme and draconian".

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