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Spy agency reach is out of control

Greens communications policy spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today that the overreach of covert surveillance agencies had hit a tipping point, with revelations that Indonesian leaders had been directly targeted.

"Are we seriously meant to believe that the President of Indonesia, his wife and his leadership team are a national security threat to Australia?"

"Australian intelligence gathering has been absorbed into the US national security state, which is widely accepted in the US to be out of control and in urgent need of reining in."

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Lest We Forget Nuclear Veterans

Between 1952 and 1963, approximately 16,000 Australian civilians and serviceman were exposed to nuclear fallout when British nuclear weapons were tested at the Montebello Islands in Western Australia, Maralinga and Emu fields in South Australia, and over the Christmas and Malden Islands.

"Today Australians mark the sacrifice, suffering and deaths of our servicemen and women in all wars, but unfortunately some of our veterans have been forgotten," said Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy, Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Breaches of Aviation Regulations with UAVs

Budget Estimates 29 May 2013 
(CASA) Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Senator Ludlam asked: 

Senator LUDLAM: Has ACUO provided CASA with information regarding breaches of aviation regs in Australia?

Mr McCormick: As an organisation or as members from that organisation?

Senator LUDLAM: As an organisation. You can take it on notice if you do not have it at the table.

Mr McCormick: I do not think that we have heard from that organisation, but we will check and if we have we will get back to you on notice.

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