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Treasurer should not be so quick to rule out negative gearing reform: Greens

Scott Ludlam 8 Feb 2016

Malcolm Turnbull must ignore Scott Morrison's comments and implement negative gearing reform, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Housing Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"Negative gearing is an excessively generous scheme whereby low and middle income earners effectively subsidise property investments for the wealthy. More than half of all negatively geared properties in Australia are owned by people in the top 10% of income earners.

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The Auditor General should investigate the Commonwealth funding approvals for the Perth Freight Link

Scott Ludlam 3 Feb 2016


NOTICE OF MOTION                                                                          2 February 2016                                                                                            

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that -

The Senate -

1.       Notes the findings of the federal Auditor General's report that examined approval and administration of federal funding for the East West Link project, including:

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Greens seek senate support for Auditor-General investigation into WestConnex and Perth Freight Link

Scott Ludlam 2 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens will move for the Senate to formally request an Auditor-General's investigation of proposed federal funding for the Perth Freight Link and WestConnex project in Sydney.

"The Auditor-General was scathing in his critique of the East-West Link Project in Melbourne, but there is unfinished business here," Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"Identical abuses of process are being made with the Freight Link, in addition to unique failures of the Barnett government.

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Greens back Fund Our Future campaign for outer suburbs

The Australian Greens have thrown support behind a plan that ensures people living in the expanding outer suburbs of Australia’s capital cities have access to the same services of inner-city residents.

“Populations have exploded in the outer suburbs over the last decade, but there has been nowhere near the same growth in essential services for the residents of these suburbs,” said the Australian Greens spokesperson for sustainable cities Senator Scott Ludlam. 

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Izzy really serious?

Scott Ludlam 29 Jan 2016

The Australian Greens have welcomed Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's interest in addressing the homelessness crisis, after he launched a new website to help homeless people locate and access services that have been cut by the Liberal government.

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Turnbull talk still cheap, housing still too expensive

Scott Ludlam 27 Jan 2016

Housing in Australia's cities is some of the most unaffordable in the world, and it's well past time for the federal government to step in, the Australian Greens said today.

The latest Demographia international housing affordability study released this week shows our five largest cities are ranked severely unaffordable. Sydney is ranked 2nd worst in the world, and Melbourne 4th. 

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Stubborn WA Premier just can’t take a hint

Scott Ludlam 22 Jan 2016

It's long past the moment he could do so graciously, but the WA Premier needs to give up his monomaniacal Roe 8 push instead of wasting more WA taxpayer funds complaining about the umpire's call, the Australian Greens said today.

"The public say no to Roe 8. The local councils say no. The Supreme Court said no. How many times does Mr Barnett need to be told?" Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said today.

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