In the shadow of piracy claims, ACCC must put FOXTEL’s AUSTAR swoop on ice @SenatorLudlam #Australia

In the shadow of piracy claims, ACCC must put FOXTEL’s AUSTAR swoop on ice

Media Release: Greens communications spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, March 28th, 2012

The ACCC should delay its decision on the impacts of the proposed acquisition of AUSTAR by FOXTEL in light of the allegations of commercial piracy levelled against News Corp subsidiary NDS, the Australian Greens said today.

The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the competition impacts of the takeover were troubling enough, and now made “infinitely more troubling” by the piracy allegations.

“The takeover would exacerbate the one-way trend towards monopoly in Australia’s pay-TV sector, and until these serious allegations against News Corp entities are resolved the ACCC should put any decision on hold.

“This morning I wrote to the ACCC to request a hold on the decision. All relevant material pertaining to the allegations of commercial piracy by News Corp against rival subscription television vendors should be reviewed by the ACCC before coming to a conclusion on the proposed $1.9billion takeover.

“It may be that these matters are referred to the Australian Federal Police, and I do not believe it would be appropriate for the ACCC to make findings on the proposed takeover until these allegations have been settled.”

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

We are not a US naval base – WA Senator #australia #auspol @SenatorLudlam

We are not a US naval base – WA Senator

Media Release: Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, March 28th, 2012

The Federal Government must rule out allowing US military spy drones to be based on the Cocos Islands and conduct a proper public debate on expanding the US military presence in Western Australia, the Greens said today.

The Greens spokesperson assisting on Defence, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the Government needs to respond decisively to reports that the US is considering the use of the islands off the north-west coast for surveillance drones and other spy aircraft, and the proposed upgrade of Stirling Naval Base to undertake maintenance work on US naval vessels.

“Already we are locked in to the deployment of US Marines through Darwin and increased bombardment of air weapons ranges across the top end. All of this is occurring without a whisper of consultation on the dangerous assumption that this will be all benefit and no cost.”

The Greens are calling for parliamentary and public debate on Australia’s position in the US-China relationship before these deals are done.

“The Washington Post refers to the Cocos Islands as an ‘ideal site’. It may be ideal for the Pentagon, but it is not ideal for this country to give up yet another piece of our territory and yet another degree of our independence to the US military.”

“Minister Smith told AM today that the Cocos airstrip would need to be upgraded to be able to launch the drones and that’s ‘very much a long-term prospect’. It may be long term, but it’s still very much a prospect – and that’s not acceptable.”

“The lease on the over-crowded US base at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean expires in just four years. We are not a replacement.”

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

Billionaire #australia miner digs deeper hole over #CIA #GREENS link ABC News: Palmer hints CIA claims a poll distraction ploy

Palmer hints CIA claims a poll distraction ploy
Clive Palmer has hinted that his claims the green movement was linked to the CIA were a ploy to keep negative attention away from now-Premier Campbell Newman in the lead up to the Queensland poll.

Mr Palmer suggested critics of coal expansion in Queensland have been bankrolled by the CIA in a bid …

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#australia #broadband #internet – NBN too important to risk security, but answers needed @SenatorLudlam

NBN too important to risk security, but answers needed – WA Senator

Media Release: Australian Greens communications spokesperson – Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, March 26th

The National Broadband Network is too important to be exposed to any security risk but the Government should explain any bans on companies from NBN tenders, the Australian Greens said today.

Responding to the news Chinese technology giant Huawei has been excluded from tenders for the NBN, the Greens communications spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said “the Government is right to be cautious, but needs to make the case for the ban public”.

“Huawei has operated in Australia since 2004, but this is no ordinary tender; it is the most significant infrastructure project of our generation. It will be a crucial part of communications in Australia, with a vital role to play in commerce, education, the public health system, and all levels of civil administration.

“The Government is prudent do all it can to protect the integrity of the NBN. While it is unlikely ASIO would issue a security warning for trivial reasons under these circumstances, the Government should explain the decision.

“Huawei is led by a former People’s Liberation Army engineer, and the Chinese government has been accused of intercepting confidential information in cyberspace by the United States Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive. China is not alone in this regard; geo-strategically, it stands to reason the governments of nation states will do what they can to learn all they can about other nation states.”

“As Huawei has not been accused of breaking any Australian laws, the Government’s apparent intervention in NBN Co’s tendering processes raises questions that need answering. If the Government has evidence that there is a dangerously close relationship between Huawei and Beijing’s political and military interests – it should make that information public.”

Senator Ludlam said it’s unlikely the decision will have any significant diplomatic impact on Sino-Australian relations.

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

Great news, creative commons release of archives – ABC creates #Australia first in content sharing

ABC leads with an Australian first in content sharing with Wikimedia Commons

The ABC has today created an Australian first by releasing video content from the ABC archives directly to Wikimedia Commons. It is the first time that an Australian broadcaster, commercial or public, has donated video footage directly to Wikimedia, making it available to the general public under a Creative Commons license.

This development builds on the ABC Open Archive initiatives that the ABC has previously undertaken to open its archives to the public with the ABC archives Flickr photo-stream, ABC Pool and the ABC Learn initiatives. By doing so, the ABC is supporting the work of creative producers and making some of its unique content available to a broader audience with a license that explicitly allows remix and commercial use.

“The ABC is proud to be the first Australian broadcaster to release content into the Wikimedia Commons. Among the clips we are releasing today is incredible footage of Jean Shrimpton’s visit to the Melbourne Cup, Cathy Freemans win at the Sydney Olympics, the Tampa Affair, the floating of the Australian Dollar, and the Waterfront dispute. Sharing content in this way not only makes more ABC content available to everyone, it also facilitates creativity and the possibility of new audiences for the footage.” – Angela Clark, Director of ABC Innovation.

Content released includes several clips from the recently launched ABC website 80 Days That Changed Our Livesas well as some gems of perhaps otherwise forgotten moments in recent Australian history.

Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository website that makes public domain and freely-licensed educational media content freely available. When users upload a file to Wikimedia Commons, they give anyone the license to use, copy, remix and adapt the content.

Creative Commons is a non-profit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. By licensing content under one of the Creative Commons licenses, the user allows anyone to use their content in a creative way that still respects their copyright. Creative Commons Australia is hosted by the ARC Centre for Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation.

View all the ABC material on Wikimedia Commons here or click through to each item below:

Creation of APEC – 1989

Tracking Apollo 11 – 1969

The first ATM – 1969

The Black Box invented – 1985

Clarke predicts the internet – 1974

Daylight Savings adopted – 1970

Decimal Currency introduced – 1964

Floating of the Australian Dollar – 1983

Garnaut Asia Report – 1989

Jean Shrimpton visits the Melbourne Cup – 1965

Lindy Chamberlain released – 1986

ABC mobile studio – 1940

Penhalluriack action – 1982

The Petrov Affair – 1970

Freeman wins at Sydney Olympics – 2000

The Tampa Affair – 2001

Waterfront Dispute – 1998

World Series Cricket started – 1977

ABC’s first broadcast – 1956

The end of 6 o’clock closing – 1967

Smoking banned in pubs – 2007

40th anniversary of the Westgate Bridge disaster – 2010

For more information and to arrange an interview with ABC Producer, Astrid Scott, please contact:

ABC Gemma Gray
Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, ABC Innovation
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#Indigenous rally this morning 11am @ Parlt House pls read attached pdf

Dear All,

We are having another Rally For Justice following the Walk For Justice from Albany where Rex Bellotti Jr was rundown.

This will be on the steps of the WA Parliament House, starting from 11am through to 1pm on Monday the 26th March 2012.

In light of the changing landscape of all Aborignal issues, we need to stand for what is right. So please do come along, have half the day off, or have a long lunch, but please do come down.

In 1981 Rex Bellotti, Rex Jr’s grandfather stood up to the WA Police when they were bashing his baby brother Barry, at the Sandhurst Tavern in Carnarvon Western Australia. If his grandfather was here he today, he would probably be doing the same thing.

GOD Bless

Rex & Elizabeth Bellotti

Bellotti Support Group : Justice For Rex Jr