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TAX LAWS AMENDMENT (POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND GIFTS) BILL 2008 - Second Reading

Scott Ludlam 3 Feb 2009

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (1.41pm)-I rise to speak briefly about the position of the Greens on the Tax Laws Amendment (Political Contributions and Gifts) Bill 2008 that is before us today and also to foreshadow the amendments which we will move in the committee stage that a number of other senators have already referred to. Firstly, I will go to the issue of whether we should be moving now or whether we should wait for the outcome of the green paper process that is afoot.

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Question to AFP on surveillance of ethnic communities

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS
AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE
Question No. 83

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 20 October 2008:

In relation to the surveillance of ethnic communities:

a) can you provide details of funds allocated to investigations into the activities of Australians abroad (eg the investigations that have taken place into the activities of Australians in Somalia) for the last financial year

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Question to AFP on surveillance of activists

Scott Ludlam 5 Dec 2008

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS
AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE
Question No. 82

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 20 October 2008:

I refer to media reports of State police agencies undertaking covert surveillance and infiltration of peace, environment, climate change and animal rights groups.

a) To what degree does the AFP undertake surveillance of such groups?

b) Can you provide an estimate of the total budget expenditure on such activities?

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Surveillance of Activists

Scott Ludlam 5 Dec 2008

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS
ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT
Output 2.2
Question No. 68

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 20 October 2008:

In relation to media reporting of State police services undertaking covert surveillance and infiltration of peace, environment and animal rights groups:

a) Does the Department believe there is a legitimate role for Commonwealth law enforcement agencies to undertake surveillance and infiltration of such groups, and

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Green agenda for Mayors' Summit

The Australian Greens say infrastructure, broadband and constitutional reform must be on the agenda today, when the first Mayors' Summit kicks off in Canberra.

"Today's summit presents a rare opportunity to develop a shared response to the environmental challenges we face," said the Greens Spokesperson for Local Government, Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Greens commend Burma sanctions and call for end to Australian profiteering

The Australian Greens today commended the Foreign Minister for strengthening sanctions against the Burmese military regime, but warned against Australian companies profiteering.

"The Greens congratulate the Foreign Minister for taking action to increase the pressure and reiterate Australia's call for democracy in Burma," said Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

"Now the next crucial step is to clamp down on Australian investors who are still doing business with the regime."

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Greens deliver thousands of climate messages to MPs

The Australian Greens will convey thousands of climate change postcards to Federal MPs today - the result of months of campaigning by community groups urging action on climate change.

Senator Scott Ludlam undertook to deliver the postcards to MPs after speaking at a rally in Canberra on Sunday.

"On the day that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd heads to New York and the United Nations, it is fitting that the voices of thousands of Australians calling for urgent action on climate change is ringing in his ears."

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Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service Bill

The Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2008 was initiated by the Democrats and supported by the Australian Greens who now take carriage of the bill.

This is the latest iteration of Bills generated by Senators in this place since 1985 that have aimed to increase the transparency and accountability of governments by involving parliamentary discussion and scrutiny of the decision to deploy Australian military forces to overseas conflicts.

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Greens announce Light Rail Initiative to future-proof Perth’s suburbs

Senator Scott Ludlam has challenged the next State Government to construct a light rail system linking Perth's metropolitan suburbs to meet affordable transport needs and address climate change.

"The value of good public transport services is evident in the changing land values along the new rail line. The Greens want to ensure people living in the suburbs are well served and protected from petrol price shocks by expanding public transport options for everyone, not just the wealthy inner suburbs," Senator Ludlam said.

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