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ABC independence traded for ABCC vote

The Australian Greens have announced that they will vote against the government’s plans to allow the Communications Minister to make written directions to the board of the ABC, which it is reportedly doing as part of a deal with Senator Leyonhjelm for his vote on the ABCC Bill.

“The independence of the ABC is essential and should not be put at risk like this,” the Greens’ acting communications spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Malcolm Turnbull thinks he can use the ABC as his own personal bargaining chip.

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An historic day in the Senate

Dear friend,

What an historic day it has been today in the Australian Senate.

The last parliamentary sitting week before the midwinter break has seen your Greens team continue to achieve great outcomes for all Australians who want a cleaner, healthier, smarter and fairer society.

A short time ago I walked into the Senate to vote into law Australia's biggest ever public investment in clean and renewable energy - and one of the great achievements of the Greens in this parliament in building a clean energy economy.

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Optus court decision “common sense”

The Australian Greens have warned the Government and Coalition to avoid a ‘quick fix' stitch-up with the major sporting codes and media companies following the Optus Federal Court decision.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said "The judgement appears to be a common sense reading of the Copyright Act that recognises people should be able to watch content at a time and place of their choosing".

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Audio of Sarah and marriage equality advocates on referring Greens' bill to Senate inquiry

Audio from Sarah's door stop in Canberra on referring the Greens' marriage equality bill to a Senate inquiry. Also joined by Alex Greenwich from Australian Marriage Equality and Shelley Argent from Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Other topics covered include childre in detention and sexism toward women politicians.

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Is our News Limited?

In Britain, the phone-hacking scandal has put Rupert Murdoch's media empire under unprecedented scrutiny. 

Questions are being asked about News Corporation's influence over British democracy - its capacity to make and break prime ministers and to set the policy agenda of the day.

In Australia, similar questions must also be asked. News Limited controls 70 per cent of our nation's print media, representing the greatest concentration of media ownership in the democratic world.

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Attack on campaign is hypocritical

Tens of thousands of people attended peaceful rallies around the country on Sunday in support of action on climate change, despite the Coalition and News Ltd media empire's negative campaign against cutting pollution via a carbon tax.

I am writing this from Christmas Island and could not attend the rally in Adelaide. I am gladdened Australians were not intimidated from speaking out.

The Sunday before the rallies, the News Ltd press attacked proponents of taking action, such as actress Cate Blanchett, for publicly supporting efforts to combat climate change.

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Greens welcome E Timor decision on detention centre

"The Australian Greens welcome reports from the East Timorese president that he does not support Australia establishing a detention centre in his country," Greens Immigration Spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"We note President Jose Ramos-Horta's comments that there should be a regional agreement on asylum seekers, not a bilateral deal - a position the Greens have long advocated to answer a problem which is not merely Australia's.

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A Lesson For The Majors

Right now I am on an eight-hour road trip to the Thai-Burma border, which gives me time to reflect on the amazing parliamentary year that is finally drawing to a close.

It has been a big year for the Greens - our support has been on the rise, punctuated by a record performance for a third party in both Houses at the federal election in August. More importantly, on a federal level, we are starting to achieve real outcomes, both in terms of expanding the range of political debate and in working to secure improvements to legislation that affects people's lives.

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Senate votes to stop closure of National Archives in TAS, SA and NT

The Senate has today passed a Greens' motion calling on the government to reverse a decision to close the offices of the National Archives in Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said: "The government should properly consult with the public before closing down valuable public assets such as these. All Australians should have access to the collections in their home state or territory. Researchers in Tasmania, South Australia or the Northern Territory are no less valuable to the preservation of our history and culture."

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Question on notice on Screen Australia

(Question No. 2111)
Senator Hanson-Young asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment,
Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 26 August 2009:
With reference to the grant of $316 532 of public funds provided by the Australian Film Commission
and Film Finance Corporation Australia (now Screen Australia) to the film, Stolen, screened in
June 2009 at the Sydney Film Festival:
(1) Was Screen Australia ever informed of problems related to the production of Stolen.

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