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Greens announce significant amendments to data retention regime

The Australian Greens have announced a broad suite of amendments to the data retention regime being legislated by Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten.

"Our amendments address major privacy and security protections that are being stripped away by the Abbott/Shorten surveillance unity ticket," Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens communications spokesperson said.

"Authorities should need a warrant to access bulk metadata and that entire process should have proper, independent oversight. That's what the Greens will move in the Senate today.

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Scott on Doors - Data retention debate must be delayed

Debate on the bill for two year mandatory data retention has started, in the same week as the scheme was struck down by courts in the Netherlands, on grounds that it infringed on human rights to privacy.

I would still call on the ALP to make sure that the debate does not proceed past the second reading stage in the House of Representatives, for the single reason that the Parliament still does not have the amendments that the Government has proposed.

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Competition regulator must oppose iiNet/TPG merger

The proposed merger of two of Australia's last remaining independent Internet Service Providers will have a sharply negative impact on the level of competition in Australia's broadband market and must be opposed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

"I will be reminding the ACCC of its obligation to directly prohibit acquisitions which would be likely to have the effect of "substantially lessening competition in any market," Australian Greens Communications spokesman Senator Scott Ludlam said this morning.

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