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The Government's NBN announcement is a small step in the right direction, but there are still significant issues that need to be addressed, the Greens say.

"This is an effective admission of guilt by the Liberals- that fibre to the premises should have been done years ago," Greens NBN spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"It is encouraging that many more Australians will have access to faster broadband, but the plan announced today does not cover enough homes and businesses."

"But this plan does not cover the exorbitant cost of broadband in Australia."

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COVID-19 App

The Government’s shameful disregard for privacy continues with the release of its COVID-19 app.

“If the Government wants people to use this app, they need to put protections in law beforehand,” Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP said.

“People have very legitimate concerns about how the data will be used and where it will be stored.”

“The reported storage of the data by a US company raises real concerns. When it comes to privacy, if there’s one person I trust less than Peter Dutton, it’s Donald Trump.”

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I Was Attacked, Facebook Profited: Faruqi

Senator Mehreen Faruqi has reacted to the revelation that she was a target of an organised far right network of Facebook pages that are profiting from thousands of hateful posts a week that have targeted high profile Muslim women across the world. Senator Faruqi was the first Muslim woman to sit in an Australian parliament.

Senator Faruqi will refer the investigation and attacks on her to the Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media established by the Senate this week.

She said:

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Australian Greens announce commitment to a 21st Century NBN

Monday, 18 March 2019

Australian Greens Digital RIghts spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has today announced the Australian Greens commitment to a 21st Century NBN, finished using best-choice technology, to ensure everyone has access to affordable, reliable and high quality internet services into the future.

Senator Steele-John said our internet was slower and less affordable than comparable countries, with Australia ranked 56th in the world for internet speed and 57th in world for affordability.

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Greens announce plan to fix NBN, protect digital rights and ensure our digitally-connected world is accessible 

The Australian Greens have announced a comprehensive plan to ensure Australian game developers, innovators, tech entrepreneurs, creatives, and artists have the support, environment, and infrastructure to flourish and every Australian enjoys strong safeguards for digital privacy, security and safety online.

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Government approves introduction of anti-encryption bill without making public the consultation process

Tuesday, 18 September

The Coalition joint party room must wait until the Department of Home Affairs finishes reviewing public submissions made to the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 before introducing the legislation, according to the Australian Greens.

 

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said it was an affront to transparent, open and accountable government that the Coalition joint party room had this morning approved the bill.

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Tech giants oppose anti-encryption legislation, support privacy of their users

Tuesday, 11 September

Australian Greens Digital Rights Senator Jordon Steele-John said this morning he was thrilled that some of the biggest tech companies in the world – Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter – had finally put the privacy of their users ahead of their own profits, by condemning the Government’s Assistance and Access Bill.

The public consultation period for Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 ended Monday, 10 September.

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NBN must be flexible enough to meet needs of all Australians, in all living arrangements: Greens

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