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Greens act to expose threats to Australians after damning leak of secret trade deal document

14 Nov 2013 | Senator Scott Ludlam & Senator Peter Whish-Wilson

Delivering free trade deals are a top priority for the Abbott government and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated is the biggest free trade deal in this country's history, impacting all walks of Australian life. The Australian Greens stated it is likely to also turn into this government's biggest headache.

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Parliament must draw the line on surveillance overkill

The Government is running out of places to hide as the diplomatic fallout widens over Australia's uncritical subservience to US surveillance overreach.

When Parliament resumes next week the Greens will seek support from the Attorney General and Shadow Attorney General for a wide ranging public inquiry similar to that occurring in many countries including the US and some of our closest allies.

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ASIC and the Global Capital Wealth Case

Senate Standing Committee on Economics -  Budget Estimates 4 - 6 June 2013

Senator LUDLAM asked:

Senator LUDLAM: You posted a press release on 22 March that had a bit of pickup, at least in the Fairfax and the online tech press on subsequent days, about the global capital wealth case, which is the one that was subject to be overblocking. When did you first hit 'send' on your fax machine on the global capital wealth instance-on what day?

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Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act

Senate Standing Committee on Economics - Budget Estimates 4 - 6 June 2013

Senator LUDLAM asked:

Senator LUDLAM: I would like to bring us back to where you started. Mr Kell, I missed the beginning of your opening statement. It is probably no surprise that I am going to take you back to that topic. I think part of what I might have missed was where you told us the number of times that ASIC has used section 313 of the Telecommunications Act to knock out a particular website.

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Extreme Coalition schemes to sell Australia Post and HECS debts herald the “Age of Unreason”

The Abbott Government is degenerating into extremism and harebrained schemes, the Greens warned today after the revelation the Coalition was considering privatising Australia Post and student debt.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Government should rule out privatising Australia Post.

"Millions of Australians rely on Australia Post for an essential service - particularly with the now vast online retail sector. Privatisation will see corners cut and costs raised," said Senator Ludlam.

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Public must come first in review of NBN

The public interest must come first in the review of the NBN, the Greens said today.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said that telecommunications users, advocacy groups and industry must be consulted and the review of the NBN made open and accountable to the public.

"Malcolm Turnbull has purged the board and might seek to remake the NBN in his own image, but the NBN is public infrastructure paid for by the Australian people - and the public have a right to know what is happening and to make their voices heard.

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