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A small-minded budget from a visionless government

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Richard Di Natale 12 May 2015

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says the 2015 Budget is a visionless, small-minded document.

"This budget's biggest failure is what isn't there. There's no vision, no direction and no new sources of revenue from the big end of town," Senator Di Natale said.

"To look after people and build a more caring society, we need to raise more revenue, not cut one vital service to fund another.

"This budget takes more money from the pockets of nurses and charity workers than it does the big miners or big banks.

"The Abbott government is still ignoring the environment and doing nothing to tackle climate change.

"Continuing cuts to science and research, and failing to invest in a new economy for Australia beyond the mining boom means fewer jobs.

"The failure to raise new revenue means that in the end schools, hospitals and the environment lose.

"Protecting your big business mates ultimately makes life harder for everyone else. Budgets are about choices and there are alternatives," said Senator Di Natale.

Before this visionless budget was announced, the Greens presented the Abbott government with our fully costed plan to raise tens of billions of dollars, by ending the free ride for big mining and big banks.

 

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