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Spy agency reach is out of control

Greens communications policy spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today that the overreach of covert surveillance agencies had hit a tipping point, with revelations that Indonesian leaders had been directly targeted.

"Are we seriously meant to believe that the President of Indonesia, his wife and his leadership team are a national security threat to Australia?"

"Australian intelligence gathering has been absorbed into the US national security state, which is widely accepted in the US to be out of control and in urgent need of reining in."

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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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Meetings on Data Retention with the AG

Question No. 26

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 29 May 2013:

Senator LUDLAM: ... I understand there were consultations occurring in an earlier iteration of the data retention policy around 2009. ...

Senator LUDLAM: That is fascinating. How many meetings were there? Mr Wilkins: I do not know.

Senator LUDLAM: Is that because these things did not have any formal standing as such?

Mr Wilkins: There were two, apparently.

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Cover-up: Government buries evidence of data retention plan

The Federal Government has refused to turn over any documents regarding its plans for a data retention scheme, rejecting in entirety a Freedom of Information request from Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

Senator Ludlam requested "letters, emails, file notes, records of phone conversations or meetings, memos or reports about the drafting of legislation or regulations on data retention between the Attorney General's Department and the Office of Parliamentary Counsel". It was denied in full this afternoon.

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Data retention legislation drafted or not?

SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT

Group 3

Program 1.6

Question No. 27

Senator Ludlam asked the following question at the hearing on 29 May 2013:

Senator LUDLAM: ... I understand that at some stage there was an interdepartmental committee within the government that was set up to look into that issue. Is that the case?

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