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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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Debate on the Omnicuts Bill

I think it is really important to understand what is going on here. What is going on here is that we have a piece of legislation that is going to result in a saving of $6 billion; it is an incredibly complex piece of legislation. For the benefit of the new senators, who have not even had the opportunity to look at this legislation in detail, the legislation involves the abolition of Medicare-funded dental care for young children—something that was negotiated as a result of the 2010 parliament.

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Opening of the 45th Parliament

I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land that we are meeting on, the Ngunawal people, and I want to pay my respects to their elders past and present. I want to acknowledge that their land was stolen and never ceded, and I look forward to a respectful dialogue in the 45th Parliament to achieve a just settlement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country.

Our Constitution says:

… the Senate shall have equal power with the House of Representatives in respect of all proposed laws.

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