Co-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and Senator for Western Australia
Scott Ludlam is co-deputy leader of the Australian Greens and is a Senator for WA. He is the spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Communications, Nuclear Issues, Housing and Sustainable Cities.
Senator Scott Ludlam believes that the Federal Government should be doing more to support highly skilled Australian digital experts, commenting ahead of a Senate inquiry due to hand down its findings about the industry.
"Five years ago, Australia had a burgeoning video game development sector employing thousands of talented people in this rapidly growing industry. Internationally, companies have experienced strong growth thanks to smart government support and favourable regulatory settings. In Australia, no such luck: the sector has been treated like the poor cousin of the creative industries, culminating in the Abbott Government's decision to close the $20 million Australian Interactive Games Fund, just 12 months after it was established. This inquiry will help establish what the government should be doing to support Australia's games industry and the employment, economic and creative benefits it delivers to the nation.”
Scott has been a leading voice against the Federal Government's attempt to censor the internet and establish a mandatory data retention scheme. He strengthened protections for public ownership of the National Broadband Network and has campaigned for the fair treatment for Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks publishing organisation.
A former filmmaker, artist and graphic designer by trade, Scott has employed innovative communications tools to help with campaigns. He created the Bike Blackspot App, a smart phone application that enabled bicyclists to lobby for better bike funding.