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News, Politics, Telecommunications - Monday, March 10, 2014 14:14 - 19 Comments
news Greens Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam has described the Coalition’s new front bench as “technically illiterate”, in a wide-ranging speech in the Senate last week kicking off his campaign to be re-elected in the upcoming Senate by-election in Western Australia and attacking Prime Minister Tony Abbott over various tech-related issues, from Internet piracy to the National Broadband Network.
In early October, the Australian Electoral Commission announced that Ludlam had lost his seat in the September Federal Election, with the Palmer United Party winning a Senate seat, despite the Greens picking up 9.48 percent of the total vote and the PUP only winning 5 percent. A recount awarded Ludlam the seat again, but a decision by the High Court last month on the issue has forced Western Australia back into a new Senate election.
The election is being particularly closely watched by Australia’s digital rights community, due to Ludlam’s role over the past half-decade after he was elected in 2007 increasingly coming to focus on holding powerful government departments and law enforcement bodies, politicians, corporations and other groups to account for increasing privacy rights violations and the encroachment of telecommunications surveillance in the digital age. Ludlam has also been extremely active in the National Broadband Network debate. Continue…
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