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ACTA likely to fail, European Commission admits

The European Commission has admitted for the first time that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, will probably be defeated in Europe.The failure of ACTA to be voted through in the EU is indeed likely, as the leader of the trade committee that has been scrutinising it has advised the European Parliament to reject it in June.

May 4, 2012 by

Pirate Bay: Protest ban with local MPs

The Pirate Bay is urging its users to "stand united" by writing to members of parliament and internet service providers to protest the blocking of the website by five UK ISPs.The Pirate Bay is urging its UK users to protest the ISP block with their MPs.

May 1, 2012 by

Conroy said NBN will flunk financials: Libs

In the second reading of his National Broadband Network (NBN) Transparency Bill in Parliament this morning, Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull alleged that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy told independent MPs it would be unlikely that the Productivity Commission would give the NBN a tick of approval.

November 14, 2010 by

Abbott to be 'pragmatic' in broadband talks

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has said he will be "pragmatic" in broadband policy negotiations with the three regional independent MPs who will determine which major party forms a minority government in what looks to be a hung parliament.

August 22, 2010

Mandating open source "too risky": Government

The coalition has ruled out mandating the use of open source software in the federal government, saying such a move would stretch the industry's resources to the point that the risk of a high-profile project failure would be "unacceptably high".Christopher Pearce, the Liberal member of parliament for Aston, made the remarks to the AUUG conference in Melbourne last week on behalf of the federal Minister for Information Technology, Communications and the Arts, Helen Coonan.

September 5, 2004 by

Rupert Goodwins' Diary

Thursday 19/04/2001Democracy's a splendid idea, if only you could vote for the people you wanted. We have a particularly schizophrenic system, where party loyalty is absolute within Parliament but the MPs are nominally elected on a personal basis.

May 17, 2001 by

Fears of Internet gambling ban

The Internet Industry Association has urged the federal government not to slam a total ban on online gambling services in Australia, following failure of the Internet Gambling (Moratorium) Bill 2000 in parliament yesterday.

October 10, 2000 by

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