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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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Sale of Christmas Island Resort

Scott Ludlam 25 Mar 2011

Question No. 372

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government on 24 January 2011:
To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General-With reference to the sale of the former Christmas Island Resort Pty Ltd (the casino) by the Receiver and Liquidators to Soft Star Pty Ltd on 5 May 2000:

(1) What properties are currently owned by Asia Pacific Space Centre (APSC), Soft Star Pty Ltd or Mr David Kwon as a result of that sale.

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Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Scott Ludlam 25 Mar 2011

Question No. 327

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 6 December 2010:

With reference to Austrade and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA):

(1) In order for Australia to comply with the current draft of the ACTA, will any changes be required to any domestic intellectual property (IP) laws, regulations or delegations.

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