Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy

Our communications priorities have been to maximise the ability of Australians to access communications technologies and networks regardless of location, inequality or disability. We seek to maximise diversity in media ownership in Australia with a view to diffusing the concentration of ownership by a handful of corporate interests, maximising the reach of alternative voices including community broadcasters, SBS and independent producers.

In particular, the Greens have been a strong voice against Government attempts to censor the internet or exploit communications technologies to massively expand surveillance of the Australian people. 

motions

Mr Alan Jones

23 Aug 2011

Senator Bob BrownLeader of the Australian GreensI give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that:

  1. The Senate request Mr Alan Belford Jones AO apologise to the police and wider public for his false claim that thousands of people and hundreds of trucks, on their way to Monday’s rally outside Parliament House, had been stopped at the New South Wales – Australian Capital Territory border; and
  2. The President report to the Senate on Mr Jones’ claim that ‘the people who have come here (Parliament House) can’t actually get into the precinct to be heard’ and report to the Senate whether people attending this rally were prevented in any way different to every other Australian coming to protest at Parliament House or whether this claim by Mr Jones is also false; and
  3. That Mr Jones be invited to respond to this motion, should it pass.

Senator Bob Brown
Leader of the Australian Greens

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that:

  1. The Senate request Mr Alan Belford Jones AO apologise to the police and wider public for his false claim that thousands of people and hundreds of trucks, on their way to Monday’s rally outside Parliament House, had been stopped at the New South Wales – Australian Capital Territory border; and
  2. The President report to the Senate on Mr Jones’ claim that ‘the people who have come here (Parliament House) can’t actually get into the precinct to be heard’ and report to the Senate whether people attending this rally were prevented in any way different to every other Australian coming to protest at Parliament House or whether this claim by Mr Jones is also false; and
  3. That Mr Jones be invited to respond to this motion, should it pass.
media-releases

Ita Buttrose’s revelation deeply troubling - Brown

22 Aug 2011

The revelation by prominent media figure Ita Buttrose that, as editor-in-chief of the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph, owner Rupert Murdoch asked her to have a citizen followed is deeply troubling.“This highly respected Australian would not release this information lightly. It adds greatly to speculation that the culture of Mr Murdoch’s empire percolates down, not up” said Senator Brown today.

The revelation by prominent media figure Ita Buttrose that, as editor-in-chief of the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph, owner Rupert Murdoch asked her to have a citizen followed is deeply troubling.

“This highly respected Australian would not release this information lightly. It adds greatly to speculation that the culture of Mr Murdoch’s empire percolates down, not up” said Senator Brown today.

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Senators Bob Brown & Richard Di Natale press conference - Wednesday August 17

17 Aug 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown and Greens Senator for Victoria Richard Di Natale held a press conference to urge the Coalition to support plain packaging legislation for cigarrettes. Other topics included the proposed media inquiry, the upcoming tax review, coal seam gas mining and the carbon price package.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown and Greens Senator for Victoria Richard Di Natale held a press conference to urge the Coalition to support plain packaging legislation for cigarrettes. Other topics included the proposed media inquiry, the upcoming tax review, coal seam gas mining and the carbon price package.

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Senator Bob Brown Press Conference - August 12 2011

12 Aug 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss the Abbott opposition's economic recklessness, the proposed media inquiry, and other issues of the day.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss the Abbott opposition's economic recklessness, the proposed media inquiry, and other issues of the day.

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Senator Bob Brown press conference - Friday July 15

15 Jul 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss the volume of public support for an Inquiry into media regulation and ownership in Australia.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss the volume of public support for an Inquiry into media regulation and ownership in Australia.

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Senator Bob Brown press conference - Thursday July 14

15 Jul 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss moves for a full Senate or Independent Inquiry into media ownership and regulation in Australia.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss moves for a full Senate or Independent Inquiry into media ownership and regulation in Australia.

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Press conference - Greens move for inquiry into media ownership and regulation in Australia

14 Jul 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown today held a press conference to discuss moves for a full Senate or Independent Inquiry into media ownership and regulation in Australia.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown today held a press conference to discuss moves for a full Senate or Independent Inquiry into media ownership and regulation in Australia.

media-releases

Greens move for inquiry into media ownership and regulation in Australia

14 Jul 2011

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown today announced moves for a full Senate or Independent Inquiry into media ownership and regulation in Australia.“While there have not been any allegations of unlawful or unethical behaviour by any of Australia's newspapers similar to that which resulted in the closure of News of the World, the potential for such behaviour and the breadth of the allegations in the UK indicates it is timely for a closer look at Australia's media regulation,” said Senator Brown.

Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown today announced moves for a full Senate or Independent Inquiry into media ownership and regulation in Australia.

“While there have not been any allegations of unlawful or unethical behaviour by any of Australia's newspapers similar to that which resulted in the closure of News of the World, the potential for such behaviour and the breadth of the allegations in the UK indicates it is timely for a closer look at Australia's media regulation,” said Senator Brown.

motions

News International

07 Jul 2011

Senator Bob BrownI give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that: That the Minister for Communications investigate the direct or indirect ramifications to Australia of the criminal matters affecting the United Kingdom operations of News International, and report back to the Senate. 

Senator Bob Brown

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that:

That the Minister for Communications investigate the direct or indirect ramifications to Australia of the criminal matters affecting the United Kingdom operations of News International, and report back to the Senate.

 

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