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Senator Scott Ludlam fighting to prevent potential extradition of Assange to the U.S.

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam today called on the Australian Government to take on "a much more active role" in ensuring WikiLeaks editor in chief Julian Assange is not extradited to the United States.

Senator Ludlam, speaking from London immediately after the hearing on Mr Assange's possible extradition to Sweden to face questioning not related to the work of WikiLeaks, said the decision of the High Court to grant the Australian citizen leave to appeal to the Supreme Court gave the Government more time to take action.

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CHOGM staffing

Scott Ludlam 15 Jul 2011

Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee
Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio
Question reference number: 54

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Boost in ASIO powers set for rubber stamp

The Australian Greens have raised concerns about the lack of scrutiny of a Government bid to expand the powers of ASIO.

The Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 was subject to a 90-minute inquiry in the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Senate Committee today - so that the committee can report back three months earlier than originally scheduled - without any ASIO representatives present to answer questions.

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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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