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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."

~ William Gibson, "The Road to Oceania", 2003

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Government fails to cut ties with torture unit

The Australian Greens have criticised the Government for failing to take action in response to allegations an Indonesian unit supported by Australian authorities has used torture against peaceful protestors.

On November 4 this year Greens legal affairs spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam, called on the Government to stop funding Detachment 88, an Indonesian ‘counter-terrorism' unit that has been linked to a series of human rights abuses.

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War Criminals - Progress on closing the immunity gap

Scott Ludlam 3 Dec 2010

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 18 October 2010:

a) Is the 2007 election commitment to close the immunity gap for suspected war criminals still a priority of the government?

b) What steps have been made since November 2007?

The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

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Currently funded inquiries of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) and Criminology Research Council (CRC)

Scott Ludlam 3 Dec 2010

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 18 October 2010:

Please provide a list of the currently funding inquiries that the AIC and CRC are undertaking.

The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

Australian Institute of Criminology - Listing of current research projects
(by Project Number, Name, Description and most recent report)

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Applications to Classifications Board by State and Territory - free eligible document submissions

Scott Ludlam 3 Dec 2010

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 18 October 2010:

What is the number of free eligible document submissions made by States and Territories for the past five years. Please approach the States and Territories to get further information about matters they have undertaken through the process where they have the capacity to agree with a defendant what the classification of that material is. Please provide any additional information about the work going on in the South Australian unit.

The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

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Extradition requests received by Australia

Scott Ludlam 3 Dec 2010

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS - ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT
Senator Ludlam asked the following questions at the hearing on 18 October 2010:

(a) How many extradition requests has Australia received in the last financial year and how many of those requests were granted?

(b) Please break down the number of individuals extradited who were Australian citizens, Australian residents or visitors from elsewhere.

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Australian - United Arab Emirates Extradition Treaty - Disalllowance speech

Scott Ludlam 1 Dec 2010

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (Friday 26 November 2010 2.50 pm) 

Pursuant to standing order 78(3), I do object to the withdrawal of business of the Senate notice of motion No. 1 proposing this disallowance, and I ask that the notice stand in my name. I move: That the Extradition (United Arab Emirates) Regulations 2010, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2010 No. 36 and made under the Extradition Act 1988, be disallowed.

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Sheikh Mansour Leghaei

(Question No. 146)
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, upon notice, on 29 September 2010:

(1) Did the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee (the committee) write to the Australian Government on 21 April 2010 requesting that Sheikh Mansour Leghaei not be deported until it had considered his case.

(2) Has the Government responded formally to the letter from the Chief of the UN human rights treaty division who wrote on behalf of the committee.

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