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New Government reminded that WA does not dig uranium

Anti-uranium campaigners will voice their opposition to the new WA Government's pro-uranium stance at Parliament House today as the new Parliament sits for the first time.

"The minority Liberal Government is on shaky ground and must not for a moment think that it has a mandate to push ahead with uranium mining in WA," Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens Spokesperson on nuclear issues said.

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Whatever happened to heritage?

Scott Ludlam 27 Oct 2008

After a couple of recent conversations with heritage advocates it became clear that Commonwealth funding for Australia's cultural heritage places is in trouble. In fact, heritage protection in Australia just seems to be falling through the cracks.

Tuesday 21 October 2008

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So that was estimates

So that was estimates.

One of the few advantages of being new to this job is appreciating it's strangeness with fresh eyes. Three times a year, while the Senate is in recess, an intriguing and largely overlooked ritual takes place in the airy committee rooms of Parliament House in Canberra. Senior public servants, heads of departments and a highly qualified army of advisers and minders converge for five days of cross-examination in front of the Senate's eight standing committees.

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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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A scare on QF72

On October 7, 2008, QF72 was flying south over Exmouth heading for Perth when chaos broke loose in one of the aircraft's navigation devices. Following speculation that the huge military transmitter at  the Harold E Holt naval communications base could have played a part, I asked officials from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau...

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee
Supplementary estimates Tuesday October 21, 2008

CHAIR—I welcome officers from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Senator Ludlam?

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