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Making Governments Accountable

Scott Ludlam 2 Feb 2010

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (4.53 pm)-I was certainly interested to hear those comments and I thank Senator Bernardi for chairing that inquiry. I found it very interesting as well, possibly for some slightly different reasons. I want to provide a bit of context as to how this inquiry came about in the first place.

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Greens win sustainable local jobs for ACT

The Australian Greens are pleased that their negotiating skills in the Federal Senate secured funding for eight ACT heritage sites, including three historic huts at Namadgi National Park and the telescope dome on Mt Stromlo.  Both were damaged in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. 

The heritage funding is part of the Australian Government’s $650 million Jobs Fund and is set to generate 66 jobs in the ACT.

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Rudd terrorism law reform no better than Howard’s: Witnesses

At a hearing into an Australian Greens’ Bill to repeal aspects of John Howard’s terrorism laws  in Sydney today, witnesses have repeatedly warned against the Rudd Government’s proposed approach to terrorism law reform.

Representatives of the Australian Press Council, Law Council and human rights lawyers have told the Senate Inquiry that they prefer the Greens’ Bill rather than the Federal Government’s proposals for terrorism law reform.

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Greens win Inquiry into Parliament Approving Troop Deployment

The Greens welcome the decision of the Senate today for an Inquiry into the "War Powers" Bill requiring Parliamentary approval for deployment of Australian troops into conflict situations.

"In 2003, in the absence of any checks or balances that many other democracies have, John Howard sent Australian troops to war, without Parliamentary approval and against overwhelming public opposition," said the Greens' Attorneys General Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam. "This must never happen again."

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Burma Motion

Senator Ludlam - I move that the Senate:

(a) notes that:

(i) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to a further 18 months of house arrest in Burma on 11 August 2009,

(ii) this sentence will prevent her from participating in the proposed 2010 elections, and

(iii) the constitution establishing election procedures is fundamentally flawed and fails to achieve basic democratic standards; and

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