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Greens will block TPP in the Senate

The Australian Greens will vote against ratifying the Trans Pacific Partnership in the Senate, following reports of the Prime Minister’s misguided plan to revive it, and are urging Labor and the crossbench to do the same.

“We’re calling on Labor and the crossbench to join us in rejecting that the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It’s a disastrous deal that would only help major corporations and it should never have progressed as far as it did,” Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens respond to poor Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook report card

The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook released today highlights the Turnbull Government’s dead-end plan to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable Australians, Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale said.

​“There is one message in this MYEFO for everyday Australians: unless you’re a big corporation or Liberal Party donor, you don’t matter.”

“Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to hand out tax cuts to the wealthiest Australians while wage growth remains stagnant is a slap in the face to ordinary Australians doing it tough.” 

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Parliamentary Inquiry dissenting report rejects TPP

The Australian Greens’ dissenting report to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties inquiry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) clearly states that the government should immediately give up on any plans to ratify this monster of a deal.

“This deal is done and dusted. It should be consigned to the dustbin of history, where it belongs,” the Green’s finance and trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“If the TPP has taught us anything it’s that regular, everyday Australians won’t put up with this archaic sham of a negotiating process anymore.

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Labor, Liberal still push for TPP despite Trump

The Labor and Liberal Parties’ decision to vote against a Senate motion calling for the end of all moves towards ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is very concerning, the Australian Greens have said.

“This monster deal was built by big business, for big business and it will leave regular Australians worse off,” the Greens’ Finance and Trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Turnbull’s trade talks put corporations first

Trade agreements should be negotiated to advantage people, not major corporations, the Australian Greens have said following Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement that future deals will have winners and losers.

“In recent years, deal after deal has been negotiated with big corporations being the only winners,” the Greens’ Finance and Trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“When big business wins, regular everyday Australians lose out.

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Labor putting Pauline Hanson first: Greens to test Labor on trade and jobs

The Greens have called on Labor to ditch their embrace of Hanson rhetoric and instead of dog-whistling outside of Parliament, back the Greens in Parliament by committing to ditch the Trans-Pacific Partnership and legislating to protect local jobs. The Greens will test Labor’s mettle in Parliament in coming weeks. 

“Trade deals have become deals for corporations, not people. This has to change and we can start by knocking off the dodgy Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Greens Trade & Finance spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Trump Presidency must end Australia’s TPP push

The Australian Government should immediately end all moves towards ratifying the Trans Pacific-Partnership Agreement (TPP) in light of Donald Trump being elected as the president of the United States, the Australian Greens have said.

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“It would be extremely foolish to continue down the path towards any form of enabling legislation or ratification of the TPP in Australia, considering the circumstances.

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Greens to move for Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the banks

The Australian Greens have announced that they will move to introduce legislation into the Senate this week that would establish a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (PCI) into the Australian banking sector.

With similar powers to a Royal Commission, a PCI can be established by the Parliament alone and does not require endorsement from the Executive.

"After this week's dog and pony show from the big four banks, it's time we got serious and blew the lid on their dodgy practices," the Greens' finance spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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NAB decision to ban political donations puts spotlight on Turnbull/Shorten failure

The decision of the National Bank of Australia to ban political donations and reports that ANZ may follow further highlights the failure of the major parties to give leadership on the urgent issue of electoral reform, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“Now that the Coalition and Labor have been shown up by NAB they should at least announce they will no longer take donations from the big banks,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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