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Greens to double homelessness funding

Scott Ludlam 13 Apr 2016

The Australian Greens have announced a plan to double Federal funding to frontline homelessness services, by using a portion of the revenue raised through changes to negative gearing and the capital gains tax exemption.

Making the announcement on Youth Homelessness Matters Day, the Greens say the plan would deliver $1.1billion each year for the next ten years to meet surging demand from people experiencing homelessness.

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Scrapping Roe 8 will save $837 million: Greens

Scott Ludlam 12 Apr 2016

The Turnbull Government could cut its losses today and save $837 million by scrapping the proposed Perth Freight Link, new costings by the Greens from the PBO have found.

"Today Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced an extra $260 million to fund an underground carpark connected to an environmental and heritage atrocity that was shot down by the Supreme Court," Australian Greens co-deputy leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Greens to phase out capital gains discount by 2020

The Greens will phase out the 50 per cent capital gains tax discount to ease pressure on Australia’s unaffordable housing market, generating savings of $119.5 billion over ten years.

The concession would be reduced by 10 per cent every year for five years and would run parallel with the Greens plan to phase out negative gearing.

Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Housing spokesperson Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said the fully costed plan would apply to all forms of capital gains including housing, art and investments.

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Perth Freight Link hiatus of confusion

Scott Ludlam 23 Mar 2016

The Barnett Government's wasted fascination on the Perth Freight Link is causing a 'hiatus of confusion' costing the Kwinana region up to $42 billion in investment and the potential for 37,000 jobs, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam heard in a Senate inquiry today.

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So which tax scare campaign is it?

Scott Ludlam 29 Feb 2016

Today the Australian Senate called on the government to clarify which of their contradictory scare campaigns they plan on proceeding with.

"Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer stated that reforming negative gearing would push house prices up, contradicting statements from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that such reforms would push house prices down, so some certainty about which scare campaign they're going to stick with is all we're after," Australian Greens housing Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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