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Australia's online privacy must be legislated in the wake of Facebook data scandals; Greens

Thursday, 7th June 2018

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has called on Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor to detail how the government’s planned cyber security legislation will bypass end-to-end encryption without compromising the security of that encrypted data.

Senator Steele-John said he was concerned the proposed legislation would simply obligate companies to handover the contents of encrypted data, absolving the government of any hand in compromising that data.

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Government still can't explain how they plan to bypass encryption without compromising our online information; Greens

Wednesday, 6th June 2018

Australian Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has called on Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor to detail how the government’s planned cyber security legislation will bypass end-to-end encryption without compromising the security of that encrypted data.

Senator Steele-John said he was concerned the proposed legislation would simply obligate companies to handover the contents of encrypted data, absolving the government of any hand in compromising that data.

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Deloitte youth survey evidence we need to lower the voting age to 16 and increase democratic participation: Greens

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Australian Greens Youth Affairs spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has pointed to the results of a Deloitte survey released today, which show young people’s faith in politics is at an all-time-low, as evidence we must lower the voting age to 16 in Australia.

“Politics doesn't hear young people, and doesn't value young people, because the old parties don't have to rely on them as a constituency, and therefore don't care about their issues or their future. It is absolutely shameful," Senator Steele-John said.

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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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