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I, and also on behalf of Senators Lambie and Xenophon, move: That the Senate— (a) notes:

   (i) the technical failures of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website on Census night, 9 August 2016, prevented thousands of people completing the Census,

   (ii) subsequent attempts to address the technical failures further added to confusion and impacted public confidence in the Census process,

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$300 million to implement, 15 cents to circumvent

Mandatory data retention legislation that costs over $300 million dollars to implement, and around 15 cents a day to circumvent, was due to come into effect today, but most Internet Service Providers have not received a response from the Attorney-General's Department about the plans they were required to submit, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Communications Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Government taking ABC debate to 'hysterical levels of stridency'

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today that the Abbott Government should cease using Monday night's episode of Q&A to further his government's attack on the ABC and public broadcasting.

"The discussion about the editorial decisions made by the ABC is now being wound up to hysterical levels of stridency by the Abbott Government," Senator Ludlam said today.

"The ABC has apologised and will conduct a review. That is a proper process.

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Leading Abbott policy maker marks 112th birthday

The Greens have today marked George Orwell's birthday, noting his seminal work, 1984, and its considerable value to policy makers within the Abbott government.

"When Mr Orwell penned 1984, he can scarcely have imagined that all these years later it would be such a foundational inspiration for government lawmaking on privacy, anonymity and free speech," Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Greens welcome Senate’s rejection of SBS advertising bill

The Greens have welcomed the Senate's rejection of the Federal Government's SBS advertising bill, calling it the latest in a long line of assaults against Australia's public broadcasters.

The Greens, ALP and some crossbench MPs ensured the vote was rejected 31-28.

"Prime Minister Abbott promised no cuts to SBS or the ABC, but since coming to office they're done just that and tried to effectively blackmail SBS with the threat of increased advertising or harsher cuts," Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens communications spokesperson said today.

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Greens level up* and secure inquiry into Australian video game industry

The Australian Greens have secured a Senate Inquiry into the Australian video games development industry.

The Senate supported the inquiry call, moved by Australian Greens deputy leader and communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

"Five years ago, Australia had a burgeoning video game development sector employing thousands of talented people in this rapidly growing industry.

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Debate on site blocking regime begins- urgent search for Opposition underway

Parliament has begun debating a controversial website blocking regime at the behest of foreign rights holders and lobbyists who have collectively donated millions of dollars to the Liberal and Labor parties.

"This is a lazy and dangerous piece of legislation, and it wouldn't be happening if the Opposition hadn't gone completely missing," Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens communication spokesperson said today.

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