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Government must provide equitable access for free-to-air TV: Greens

Tuesday, 27 February

The Government is failing to support the rights of deaf, blind, hard-of-hearing and vision-impaired Australians to access the social, cultural and educational benefits of television, according to Australian Greens disability rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John.

Senator Steele-John posed questions of Communications Minister Mitch Fifield and his Department during estimates today about the accessibility of free-to-air television for vision and hearing impaired Australians.

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NBN report claims unfounded, outrageous predictions for future of internet usage: Greens

Tuesday, 27 February

The Australian Greens have labelled a report into the future of the National Broadband Network, which found Australia’s internet needs over the decade would conveniently peak below the 50mb/s threshold NBN co are claiming to provide, as sloppy, unfounded and deliberately  vague.

NBN spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said the speeds noted in the report were already below international standards, and would cement Australia’s position as a second-rate digital player globally.

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Decryption will set a dangerous precedent for Australian cyber-security: Greens

Monday, 26 February

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has flagged introducing legislation obligating Australian companies to assist government agencies with decryption, but his department has failed to clarify today in estimates when they plan to do so.

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said the lack of understanding demonstrated in estimates about the implications of such legislation was frightening, given there was an acknowledgement it was in draft stages.

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Government and opposition making law 'on the fly' with online safety bill: Greens

Wednesday, 14 February

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has accused the Government and opposition of making law ‘on the fly’, after sensitive legislation concerning non-consensual sharing of intimate images online was rushed through the Senate today.

Both the government and the opposition blocked a motion by the Australian Greens to have the legislation referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications and ensure there was proper scrutiny of the bill, which was only introduced for debate on Monday.

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Net neutrality inquiry necessary to ensure Australians have guaranteed access to free and open internet: Greens

Tuesday, 13 February

The opposition have back flipped on net neutrality and voted with the government against a motion, moved by the Australian Greens today, calling for an inquiry into public interest need for such protections.

Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said current telecommunications ownership structures in Australia should be more than enough evidence to warrant having an inquiry.

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Failure of Turnbull Government to deliver promised NBN a National tragedy: Greens

 

Tuesday, 6 February

The Australian Greens have called on the Turnbull government to commit to making fast, reliable internet widely available, accessible and affordable to all Australians.

NBN Spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said the lengths this government had gone to to drive Australia backwards, far away from technological capability, were astonishing and seemingly endless.

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Government must reconsider response to gaming inquiry in the name of innovation: Greens

This Government’s repeated attacks on Australia’s video games industry, climaxing last week in the tabling of a totally inadequate government response to the Future of The Australian Video Games Development Industry Inquiry, doesn’t fit into their so-called ‘innovation agenda’.

Australian Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John today moved a motion, which was passed by the Senate, calling on the Government to reconsider their response to the inquiry and support the Australian video games industry.

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Government’s response to Games Inquiry is another missed opportunity for innovation and economic growth

The Government’s long-awaited response to the Games Inquiry has been released today, in which they note the unanimous recommendations of the inquiry into the future of the video games industry in Australia and make it clear that they do not care if the industry has a future, said Senator Jordon Steele-John, the Australian Greens Spokesperson for Digital Rights and IT.

 

“The Government just doesn’t get it. It took them over 600 days, and this is the best they have got!

 

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