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Greens call on Morrison and Joyce to come to Tasmania to face the music on the backpacker tax

Greens Treasury spokesperson and Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, says that Barnaby Joyce and Scott Morrison need to take responsibility for the backpacker tax mess and come to Tasmania immediately to see first-hand the impact this tax will have on the Tasmanian economy.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "This Government has made it clear its priority for this 45th parliament is so called 'deficit repair,' not the needs of small Tasmanian agricultural businesses.

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Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016

The normal process would be that a piece of legislation would be sent to an inquiry. I rise to speak against the Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016. Let me begin, for the benefit of those people who may be listening to this debate, with a little bit about the history of this bill. People will be listening in, hear about a bill called an omnibus bill and think: 'What the hell is that about?

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Greens disappointed with Super reforms cave-in

Greens spokesperson for Treasury, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says the Government has missed an opportunity to pursue substantial reform and raise significant revenue from its proposed superannuation package.

“Today the Government caved in on the substantial reforms needed to address the perversities in the superannuation system that allow the wealthy to use their superannuation as a tax haven. 

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Infrastructure: Some states show the feds how it's done

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today called on federal Liberal and Labor to take a lesson from their state counterparts and commit to significant new investment in productivity enhancing infrastructure.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Growth figures released yesterday show that Victoria was the best economically performing state in the nation and that this performance was underpinned by the 'interventionist' stance of the state government to borrow to invest in infrastructure.

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25 years of economic growth is not everything

Greens spokesperson for Treasury, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the release of ABS data showing that Australia has clocked up twenty-five years of GDP growth.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Simply looking at GDP doesn’t give you the whole picture. While it looks like Australia has had a charmed run, the economic growth has come off the back off damage to the environment and through the robbing of future generations.

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Greens push to cut $2+ ATM fees now excessive credit card surcharges dead

Adam Bandt 2 Sep 2016

Following the death of excessive credit card surcharges from today onwards, Greens MP Adam Bandt today said the Greens will push to cut excessive ATM fees as well. Under the last Parliament the Greens moved amendments to the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Bill 2015 to extend its measures that have brought an end to excessive credit card fees to also cover ATM fees, however both Labor and the Liberals voted them down. “Today marks the death of high credit card surcharges, but it should be marking the end of ATM fees of $2 or more as well,” Mr Bandt said.

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