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Greens to ‘Bust the Budget’ in the new Senate

The Australian Greens said today they would return to Canberra this week with the goal of busting the Federal Government's cruel budget, as rallies against harsh cuts to social security are held across the country.

"The new Senate sits for the first time tomorrow and the Greens are committed to block the Government's cruel budget cuts, which punish young people, single parents and families, older Australians and people with disability," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

"Another round of national rallies today shows the ongoing unpopularity of the Federal Government's budget.

"Tony Abbott and his MPs are reading it in the polls, seeing it in the media and hearing it from people across the country: cuts to income support and social security and more expensive health care, medication and tertiary education will not be accepted by the community.

"If passed, the Government's budget will increase inequality across the community and expose more Australians to poverty and disadvantage.

"Last week's Interim McClure Welfare Review demonstrates that this could be just the start of the Government's cruel agenda, while at the same time, Tony Abbott is planning to hand money back to big miners and big polluters, rather than asking them to pay their fair share.

"In the new Senate, the Greens will always stand up against measures that will harm the most vulnerable people in our community, and we hope the cross bench and opposition will join us in this unwavering commitment," Senator Siewert concluded.


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