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Lisa Singh: Indian-origin Labour Senator re-elected to the Australian Senate

In 2015 preselection ballot, John Short overtook Lisa, which relegated her to the fourth position

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  • Lisa Singh has been re-elected as a Senator in Australia
  • She won an amazing majority of 6.1% of the votes in her own right
  • She’s passionate about social and economic equality, law enforcement and climate change action

Lisa Singh, born in Tasmania to a Fijian-Indian father, a man who arrived as an international student in Australia back in 1963, is now an elected member of the Australian Parliament on July 27.

Before her stint in the Australian parliament, Lisa Singh was sworn in on November 2008 as a Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection, Minister for Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Premier on Climate Change in the Tasmanian Parliament. During her tenure, she introduced many legal reforms but as luck would have it, she was defeated in the March 2010 state elections, mentioned theindiandiaspora.com report.

Journey of an Indian-origin Labour Senator

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Lisa Singh. Image Source: youtube.com

This win marks her re-entry into the Australian senate. In 2010, Lisa was elected to the Australian Senate; she then started her journey to build better political ties between India and Australia. During her tenure, she took part in various Indian festivals with the Indian diaspora who were settled in Australia and also visited India soon thereafter. In 2014, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, honored Lisa by awarding her the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award for helping foster better Indo-Australian ties.

During her tenure, she took part in various Indian festivals with the Indian diaspora that were settled in Australia and also visited India soon thereafter. In 2014, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, honoured Lisa by awarding her the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award for helping foster better Indo-Australian ties.

According to theindiandiaspora.com article, in 2015 preselection ballot, John Short overtook Lisa, which relegated her to the fourth position. John Short, an Australian Manufacturing Workers Union Secretary was a reasonable candidate and enjoyed support. This year Singh was demoted to the sixth position. It seemed as an unwinnable position on the Tasmanian Labor Party ticket.

The great-granddaughter of a laborer from Fiji who arrived from Calcutta, Lisa Singh is re-elected to Australian senate, following footsteps of her grandfather Ram Jati Singh who was a MP in the Fiji Parliament coming up against all odds of gender and race Lisa Singh won an amazing majority of 6.1% of the votes in her own right. At a point, it was unlikely for the Labor Party to win more than three Senate seats in Tasmania (a minimum required for Singh to remain in power). However, with 0.80 quota in her name, five seats for Labor Party is practically guaranteed.

Lisa Singh. Image source: indiandiaspora
Lisa Singh. Image source: theindiandiaspora.com

The story of a mother of two sons coming back up from the bottom or sixth position in this context is awe-inspiring. Lisa Singh recently tweeted honouring the decision.

She’s passionate about social and economic equality, law enforcement and climate change action. She hopes to keep fighting for these issues while she mentors people of varied backgrounds to buck up the courage to run for the parliament.

– prepared by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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Australia Proposes To Strengthen Regulations of Facebook, Google

Facebook has 17 million monthly users in Australia -- 68 per cent of its population -- while Instagram, second most popular site in terms of users - which is owned by Facebook, has 11 million users

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Monday proposed measures to counter the dominant market positions of Google and Facebook and strengthen monitoring on their access to information, advertising and consumers personal data.

The regulatory body, which recommended 11 preliminary measures in the report, was directed to conduct a public inquiry into the impact of digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content in 2017 by then treasurer and current Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“Acting as an intermediary between consumers and news outlets, platforms are inherently influential in shaping consumers’ choices of digital journalism,” said the report cited by Efe news.

This influential position and filtration of news items could place the consumer in a so-called filter bubble, increasing the risk of consumers being exposed to unreliable news, according to the report.

“The algorithms operated by each of Google and Facebook, as well as other policies, determine which content is surfaced and displayed to consumers in news feed and search results,” it said.

“The ACCC considers that the strong market position of digital platforms like Google and Facebook justifies a greater level of regulatory oversight,” Chair Rod Sims said.

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The commission called for the creation of a regulatory authority with powers to monitor these digital platforms and recommended establishing an automatic mechanism to take down content that violates copyright.

The ACCC said consumers should be informed about the manner in which these platforms collect and use their data to create personalized advertising.

This would include a reform of privacy laws to require the user’s express consent to data collection and “enable consumers to require erasure of their personal information where they have withdrawn their consent”.

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ACCC said that it found that “competition may have been distorted in multiple sectors where consumer data is used”.

Facebook has 17 million monthly users in Australia — 68 per cent of its population — while Instagram, second most popular site in terms of users – which is owned by Facebook, has 11 million users.

In 2017, Google registered 90 per cent of search traffic originating from Australian desktops and 98 per cent from mobile phones. (IANS)