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Greens use the Parliament to press for justice for Julian Assange

Greens MPs have used the Federal Parliament to demand justice for Julian Assange, as his extradition hearing begins in London.

In the House of Representatives today, Greens Leader Adam Bandt has called for Mr Assange to be brought back to Australia, while in the Senate, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson today questioned the government and yesterday moved a motion urging the Parliament not to be silent on the criminalisation of journalistic activity.

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Australian Greens Welcome Launch of Tasmanian Digital Media Hubs

 

“The Australian Greens have welcomed yesterday’s launch of digital media hubs across Tasmania.

 The Greens were first to outline such a vision back in 2010 when they teamed up with TAFE  digital media teacher John Swindell and  Launceston youth to develop a policy concept  that called for the establishment of such digital media hubs, for the commercial and training potential of local youth and industry,’ Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated.

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Decision to axe ABC Tasmania production must be reversed

The move to close down the ABC's Hobart television production unit would be "grossly unjust for the people of Tasmania", the Australian Greens said today.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said closing the Tasmanian unit would "violate the spirit and the letter of the national broadcaster's charter - which stresses the need to represent voices from across the nation".

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Australians have a right to know what is being traded away

The Federal Government must protect the civil liberties, health, and welfare of Australians in its negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, the Australian Greens urged today.

A Greens motion in the Senate calling on the Government to make the TPPA negotiations available to the public and to support measures protecting Australian sovereignty and the rights of Australian residents was defeated by the Government and Opposition voting together.

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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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