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National Security Legislation Monitor

Scott Ludlam 25 Feb 2011

LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
TUESDAY, 22 FEBRUARY 2011

Senator LUDLAM-I just want to put a couple of questions briefly on an issue that was raised in finance and public admin yesterday relating to the continued nonexistence of a national security legislation monitor. Can you give us more information than we got yesterday as to when such an agency or an office might finally be established?

Mr Wilkins-No, we cannot give you any. Were you at the Prime Minister and Cabinet briefings or not?

Senator LUDLAM-Yesterday?

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Justice Reinvestment

Scott Ludlam 25 Feb 2011

LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
TUESDAY, 22 FEBRUARY 2011

Senator LUDLAM-Thank you. I thank the committee and I gather we have kept a few folk here a little bit later in the evening than they were expecting, so thank you for that. I have a couple of questions that relate to justice reinvestment, which is following up some questions I put to you at the last estimates and probably the one before that.

Mr Wilkins-Sorry. Yes.

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Greens warn of extreme police powers in WA

The WA and federal Greens have warned that a Barnett Government proposal to radically increase police powers for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting could lead to abuses of power, and the changes being made permanent.

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the CHOGM (Special Powers) Bill 2011 now in WA's state parliament was "extreme and draconian".

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No to ‘strip search’ scanners – Greens

The Australian Greens have expressed strong concerns about Government plans to introduce virtual strip-search scanners at airports despite unresolved privacy and health issues.

Australian Greens legal affairs and public transport spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the backscatter x-ray machines had generated an international backlash after passengers realised staff were examining the revealing images produced.

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Family Court of Australia

Scott Ludlam 20 Feb 2011

(Question No. 310)

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 6 December 2010: With reference to the Family Court of Australia and waiting times for trial:

(1) Given that the waiting time before trial for the Family Court of Western Australia has recently reached 2 years, is there a similar waiting time in the Family Court of Australia.

(2) Has the waiting time for trial increased in the past 12 months to 2 years.

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Australian Law Reform Commission Funding cuts

Scott Ludlam 11 Feb 2011

 

QUESTION NUMBER: 311

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 6 December 2010:
With reference to recent Australian Law Reform Commission (the Commission) funding cuts of $242 000 in the 2010 11 financial year and $495 000 in the 2011 12 financial year, and the latter figure representing about 20 per cent on 2009-10 levels:

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National Security Legislation Monitor - update at January 2011

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Supplementary Budget Estimates 18-21 October 2010

Dr McCarthy-The National Security Legislation Monitor will need to be someone with a strong background in national security issues, a person of high
standing. It is a part-time role, as you know, Senator. That is the reason why we were not required to advertise in the same way as for Public Service positions
more generally. The view was that a good field of candidates would be able to be developed for consideration.

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Boycott needed after torture trial farce

The Australian Greens have called for the Government to cut all military ties with Indonesia in response to light jail terms handed down yesterday to Indonesian soldiers who tortured two Papuan men.

Greens legal affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the conduct of the Indonesian government and the farcical trial of the three soldiers involved showed a "total lack of respect for human rights".

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The future, eventually, will find you out

"It is becoming unprecedentedly difficult for anyone, anyone at all, to keep a secret. In the age of the leak and the blog, of evidence extraction and link discovery, truths will either out or be outed, later if not sooner.

"This is something I would bring to the attention of every diplomat, politician and corporate leader: the future, eventually, will find you out. The future, wielding unimaginable tools of transparency, will have its way with you. In the end, you will be seen to have done that which you did."

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