Scott Ludlam

All you wanted to know about nuclear war but were too afraid to ask

<b>Which countries have nuclear weapons?</b><p>There are nine countries that possess nuclear weapons. Five of these (the US, Russia, the UK, France and China) are members of the official owners club, who made their weapons early and had them legitimised in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signed in …

India News

More 'love in the air' at parliament with Abbott gone

Opinion polls and confidence readings have swung behind Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - now even opposing politicians think the change is for the …

Australia

One Year Later, Scott Ludlam Has Warned More Section 44 Dominoes Will Fall

The former Greens senator reflects on being the first section 44 "domino" in the 45th parliament and why the PM is "bloody dishonest" about other MPs with citizenship issues.<p>Scott Ludlam is having a ball.<p>Twelve months ago on Saturday, the then-Greens senator stood up at a press conference in Perth, …

Australian Greens

There are more than two sides of politics. Let's shake things up | Scott Ludlam

Phrases like 'both sides of politics' are as ripe for retirement as Tony Abbott, albeit just as unlikely to vanish gracefully<p>Byelections are strange beasts, and having five at a time makes for quite a menagerie. Given the unusual citizenship back stories behind four of them, and the volatile nature …

Opinion (UK)

Minding your data in a post-GDPR world | Scott Ludlam

That bundle of privacy policy updates that suddenly clagged up your inbox a few weeks back? The pop-ups that need your consent before you can visit …

Australian Greens

Sign the Petition

Sky News is played prominently in Qantas lounges and on screens on their fleet of planes. But this channel eroded its dedication to news long ago, …

Australian Greens

We must fight the erosion of civil rights while we still can | Scott Ludlam

The template for Australia’s casual slide toward authoritarianism is now so well-worn that some of the players appear to be performing in their sleep. A sharp dose of targeted wakefulness is due, given the extreme nature of the changes to the Espionage Act that sit poised before parliament right …

Opinion (UK)

If you're old, white and racist, you're more likely to be a climate change denier

<b>Climate change deniers tend to be racist, white and old, according to a study.</b><p>Researchers found that American voters with some serious racial …

Australian Greens

Nearly half of all software in Brazil is unlicensed

The country is behind other Latin markets in terms of illegal software use but local rate is above the international average, says study.<p>Almost half …

Brazil

NSW push could allow corporations to sue for defamation

A review has called for an overhaul to Australia’s defamation laws to better reflect the changing media landscape<p>Corporations could be allowed to sue for defamation under a proposed change to Australian laws.<p>New South Wales is pushing for national changes to defamation laws following an extensive …

Australian Greens

Bank details, TFNs, personal details of job applicants potentially compromised in major PageUp data breach

The personal details of thousands of Australians have potentially been compromised, with HR company PageUp, which counts Telstra, NAB, Coles, …

Australian Greens

Australia drafts laws forcing Facebook and Google to reveal encrypted data

Technology companies such as Facebook and Google would be forced to give Australian security agencies access to encrypted data under legislation to be introduced by the Turnbull government.<p>But the government has refused to say how the security agencies would access the data.<p>The government has …

Privacy

Advice for writing | Ryan O’Neill

The only good writing is intuitive writing. It would be a big bore if you knew where it was going. <b><br>Ray Bradbury</b><p>If I didn’t know the ending of a story, …

Literature

NBN chief blames online 'gamers predominantly' for fixed wireless congestion

Online gamers have been called out by the head of the National Broadband Network as a major cause of congestion on the fixed wireless network.<p>NBN Co …

Entertainment (Australia)

An unnatural disaster for the Rohingya | Scott Ludlam

The sky over the world’s youngest city is hazy, streaked with high cloud. Members of a work gang pause, leaning on their shovels as we pass. There …

Australian Greens

Fishmonger buys 70-pound octopus just to set it free

<i>This is Fred. Fred is free again.</i><p>They may not be from space, but octopuses are still incredible, intelligent creatures. One California fishmonger in …

Australian Greens

See you in the town square, Peter Dutton and Pauline Hanson | Scott Ludlam

Politicians have mastered the art of ‘othering’ to try to divide us. But unity will eventually prevail<p>Luke Foley’s spectacular “white flight” headline and clenched-teeth retraction is an ugly reminder of the underlying tone of Australian politics, but it’s hardly an outlier. Its notable mostly for …

Opinion (UK)

These Politicians Want To Scrap The Part Of The Constitution Than Bans Dual Citizens

But the government has already ruled out holding a referendum.<p>The government has ruled out holding a referendum on whether or not to scrap the section of the Australian Constitution that bans dual citizens from sitting in the nation's parliament.<p>The joint standing committee on electoral matters …

Great Britain

To the #MillionsMissing with ME/CFS, something remarkable is happening | Scott Ludlam

As researchers close in on the genetic origins of ME/CFS, it’s time to say to those suffering they are not forgotten<p>Even the name worked against you. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) combines the incomprehensible with the banal. Myalgic what? And fatigue … …

Opinion (UK)

Five More Politicians Are Gone From The Parliament Over Dual Citizenship

Get ready for FIVE by-elections.<p>Four politicians have announced they will resign from parliament and recontest their seats following a High Court decision on citizenship on Wednesday morning that saw Labor senator Katy Gallagher ejected from the parliament.<p>The highly anticipated ruling prompted …

Australian Greens

Billy Shorten's citizenship gutser lands on an awkward day for the PM

Where’s Billy Shorten, by the way?<p>Someone saw him limping to the sickbay?<p>Not surprised. Yes, Malcolm, pride goeth before the fall. You’re not the …

Australian News

Enough is enough: s44 needs to go to a referendum as soon as possible

She, like many of the others caught out, has been a strong contributor, a hard worker and a valued member of her party's leadership group.<p>While it is …

Australian Greens

Australia's Largest Bank Lost The Personal Financial Histories Of 12 Million Customers

They might have fallen off the back of a truck...<p>The Commonwealth Bank lost the personal financial histories of 12 million customers, and chose not to reveal the breach to consumers, in one of the largest financial services privacy breaches ever to occur in Australia.<p>BuzzFeed News can reveal that …

Australian Greens

Israel's claims about Iran's nuclear weapons program rejected as IAEA releases statement

The world's nuclear watchdog has effectively rejected Israel's claims Iran lied about its nuclear activities, by referencing a report showing there …

Australian Greens

Dutton's facial recognition scheme could target jaywalkers, lawyer warns

People who litter or jaywalk could be caught using facial recognition technology if the broad powers proposed by Peter Dutton’s home affairs department are not limited, the Law Council has warned.<p>At a parliamentary inquiry hearing on Thursday the Law Council president, Morry Bailes, will warn that …

Surveillance

ExxonMobil's project in PNG is economic parasitism | Scott Ludlam

PNG was lulled with wildly unrealistic modelling. It would be dangerous to conclude that this couldn’t happen to us<p>The OED defines a parasite as “an organism that lives in or on an organism of another species (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other’s expense.” Parasitic …

Opinion (UK)

Australian-backed gas project fails to deliver PNG economic boom – report

The massive ExxonMobil-led liquid natural gas project in Papua New Guinea, backed by a $500m Australian government loan, has failed to deliver on a promised economic boom for the country, a new report has found.<p>The PNG people would have been better off if the project had never happened, according …

Australian Greens

NBN's speed slowed by reliance on copper network, its CEO admits

The national broadband network’s reliance on copper has led to a higher fault rate and slower internet speeds but helped deliver the network faster and cheaper, its outgoing chief executive has said.<p>In a position paper released on Friday, Bill Morrow is frank about the challenges of …

Technology (Australia)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Tracked People By Their Mobile Device Data.

Remember the outrage about the ABS 2016 Census retaining real names and addresses? Maybe you thought the ABS got the message that the public seems to …

Australian Greens

Woolworths meltdown closes stores across Australia

At around 5pm, Woolworths released a statement confirming an IT issue had impacted registers.<p>"At 4pm today we experienced an unexpected outage for …