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Australia must respond to 'State of Digital Rights' report and acknowledge human rights breaches online: Greens

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has backed calls for an immediate overhaul of digital rights protections in Australia in the face of eroding online privacy and the rise of surveillance capitalism, following the release of Digital Rights Watch’ ‘The State of Digital Rights’ report.

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Voices of 600,000 young people being ignored by Labor Party and Government

Monday, 30 April 2018

Australian Greens Youth spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has slammed Bill Shorten and the Labor party for failing to respond to calls to lower the voting age to 16 in Australia and for failing to acknowledge young people are not being heard in our democracy.

Senator Steele-John said today this was yet another classic example of the political establishment ignoring the voice of young people when they are asking to be heard, and was exactly the problem with our political system today.

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Full and adequate funding for the NDIS must be guaranteed: Greens

Friday, 27 April

Australian Greens Disability Rights Spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said today he was deeply concerned about the ongoing uncertainty of funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, given the government was still trying to deliver $65 billion worth of company tax cuts.

“Funding for the NDIS should be an absolute priority for this and any future government; we are talking about the full realisation of the human rights of disabled people in Australia not a political football to be tossed round to try and win votes!

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Connect Youth Forum

For Youth Week in 2018, Senator Jordon Steele-John and NZ MP Chloe Swarbrick are hosting Connect - A forum for young people to come together, share their ideas and develop their skills.


This event is free for participants.

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Australia must look to EU for data protection law changes in the wake of Facebook scandal: Greens

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to urgently update privacy protections in line with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to come into effect on the 25 May 2018, in the wake of the ongoing Facebook data collection scandal.

Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said Australia should look to the GDPR as a model of international best practice for protecting the online privacy of Australian’s, particularly from companies that might employ surveillance capitalism.

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WA Greens back calls for an end to live animal exports from Freo

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The WA Greens have backed calls for an end to live animal exports from Fremantle and reiterated their long-standing position to permanently phase-out the cruel and inhumane practice.

Australian Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert said the latest shocking footage was not a revelation, but yet another a failure by operators, regulators and government to address the barbaric cruelty and horrific conditions aboard live animal export ships.

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Government must acknowledge the data environment has changed and repeal Section 7c: Greens

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Australian Greens have called on the government to acknowledge the data environment has changed significantly in the last 18 years and repeal section 7c of the Privacy Act, amid concerns around privacy and the integrity of Australian elections.

Yesterday, both the government and opposition voted down a Greens motion condemning Cambridge Analytica, and calling for a review of privacy regulations in Australia including the removal of absolute exemptions in the privacy act for politicians and political parties.

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Political exemptions to privacy act must be removed in the interest of Australian democracy: Greens

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has called for Privacy Act exemptions for political parties and members of parliament to be removed in the interest of Australian democracy.

Senator Steele-John said all political parties must be open, honest and transparent about the data they were using, or paying to access, and in particular about any links with Cambridge Analytica.

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Cambridge Analytica revelations a warning of things to come in Australia: Greens

Monday, 19 March 2018

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has expressed alarm about the ‘Trumpification’ of Australian elections, following revelations today about the extent of data harvesting carried out by Cambridge Analytica and its potential influence on the Trump and Brexit campaigns.

Senator Steele-John said there were significant questions to be answered about where and how the data used in these campaigns was obtained, and whether it was legal to do so.

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