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Finance and Public Administration Committee Monday 23 May 2011

CHAIR: Senator Ludlam on the same issue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2011.

Senator LUDLAM: It is in my home town. Have you started shifting PM&C staff across to Perth?

Mr Sterland : Yes. I believe a small leading contingent has gone-the ones involved with facilities, as I understand it. And then they will progressively transfer there.

Senator LUDLAM: Okay. Can you give us an idea of how many are already there?

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Ban on writer’s visit raises more fears of crackdown in China

Beijing's ban on writer Liao Yiwu's planned visit to Australia deepens fears of a growing crackdown on dissent in China, the Australian Greens said today.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said Mr Liao was scheduled to speak at the Sydney Writer's Festival on May 20th and May 21st but was denied permission to leave China prior to the event.

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Decision to spare Rush’s life welcome

Scott Ludlam 10 May 2011

The Australian Greens today welcomed the news that Australian man Scott Rush has been spared the death penalty in Indonesia.

Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Scott Ludlam said the Greens opposed the death penalty on principle in all cases, and were particularly troubled by the fact Mr Rush was only 19 years old when arrested as part of the ‘Bali Nine' and 20 years old when sentenced to death.

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Government’s efforts to sabotage anti-cluster bomb treaty a ‘stunning betrayal’

The Australian Greens expressed outrage today at revelations the Australian Government deliberately undermined an international treaty to ban cluster bombs.

Senator Scott Ludlam, a member of the Senate Committee investigating Australia's own cluster munitions bill, said the Government's covert manoeuvres with US authorities to seriously weaken the treaty represent "a stunning betrayal of all who hope to protect civilians from the horrors of war".

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Cry for freedom in Zimbabwe resounds from Western Australia

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam will join with local activists and MPs at a public meeting in support of six imprisoned Zimbabwean human rights activists on Wednesday, April 20th, 7pm.

The six human rights activists on trial in Zimbabwe face charges of treason for organising a meeting to screen a film about the struggle for democracy in Egypt.

Senator Ludlam described the charges as a shocking symbol of the failure of the so-called ‘national unity' government.

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Greens welcome new shield law for journalists

The Australian Greens welcomed the successful passage of new shield laws for journalists and whistleblowers through the House of Representatives today.

The Greens shadow spokesperson for Communications, Senator Scott Ludlam, successfully secured amendments to the bill in the Senate to afford the protection of the shield laws to citizen-journalists, bloggers and independent media organisations as well as news professionals from the mainstream media. The amended bill was returned to the House and was passed today. Once approved by the Governor General it will become law.

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Greens hail new Federal journalist shield laws

The Australian Greens welcomed the passage of new shield laws for journalists and whistleblowers through the Senate today.

The Greens shadow spokesperson for Communications, Senator Scott Ludlam, successfully secured amendments to the bill to afford the protection of the shield laws to citizen-journalists, bloggers and independent media organisations as well as news professionals from the mainstream media.

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Law change will give spy agency unprecedented powers, Greens warn

The Australian Greens have warned that a bill granting ASIO additional authority to intercept communications on behalf of other government agencies gives the spy agency too much power.

The Greens legal affairs and communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Privacy Foundation were among groups raising grave concerns about the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Act 2010.

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