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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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AFP role in educating/counselling child sexual exploitation offenders

Scott Ludlam 2 Dec 2011

Question No. 24
Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 18 October 2011:

Senator LUDLAM: ... What are you doing preventatively with offenders?
Mr Gaughan: Nothing specifically with offenders, I suppose. But we are also working with the telecommunications industry and the ISPs to block this type of offending material, which has been reasonably successful.

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Mr Julian Assange

Senator LUDLAM: I move:
That the Senate-
(a) notes that the High Court in London will bring down its decision on Wednesday, 2 November 2011 regarding Sweden's request to extradite Mr Julian Assange; and
(b) calls on the Government to ensure that:
(i) the consular and legal rights of all Australian citizens overseas are fully protected, and
(ii) if extradited to Sweden for questioning, Mr Assange not be subject to further extradition from Sweden to the United States of America under a bilateral agreement to which Australia is not party.
Question put.

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Government and Opposition throw Assange to the wolves

The Labor Government and the Coalition today refused to back a call from the Australian Greens to ensure the legal rights of Julian Assange are protected and that the Australian citizen is not extradited to the United States.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam moved the motion in light of the pending decision on the WikiLeaks' editor's possible extradition to Sweden, and it was rejected by the Government and Opposition.

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Raids, forbidden zones and random searches – CHOGM in Perth under Colin Barnett

Media Release: Alison Xamon MLC and Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam

WA Greens have warned against growing hysteria around security for the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting in Perth.

East Metropolitan MLC Alison Xamon said reports of police raids on the homes of protest organisers last week had unfortunately set the tone for the upcoming event.

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Cybercrime Bill needed surgery and got a bandaid

The Government's amendments to the Cybercrime Bill leave acknowledged major flaws in the legislation completely unchanged, the Australian Greens warned today.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said that despite a series of recommendations made in a unanimous multi-party committee report on the legislation the Government had addressed only one of the problems identified.

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Justice Reinvestment

Scott Ludlam 2 Sep 2011



Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 15 June 2011:

(1) Has the department undertaken any research or analysis of international experiences, both government and non-government led, with justice reinvestment: if so, can the findings of any such research or analysis be provided.

(2) Has the department been in further contact with the Aboriginal Legal Service on the issue of justice reinvestment.

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Labor and Coalition pass flawed cybercrime bill despite report from their own committee

The Australian Greens have questioned the decision of the Government and Opposition to pass the Cybercrime Bill unchanged through the House of Representatives despite recommendations by their own members of parliament to fix serious flaws.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Cyber Safety Committee had tabled a highly critical unanimous report on the bill, proposing a series of amendments and requests for clarification which were not addressed in the House.

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