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Greens vote tightens the net on multinational tax avoiders

Australia has this week joined 30 other countries in signing a new agreement to combat multinational tax avoidance, after the Greens supported the facilitating legislation on the final parliamentary sitting day of 2015.

"Australia nearly missed the chance to get started on this information-sharing project, which we know will put pressure on multinational tax avoiders," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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Greens will fight Government attempt to aid corporate tax avoidance

The Australian Greens say Malcolm Turnbull has exposed his true colours by rejecting an Australian Greens amendment that would have increased transparency in corporate tax avoidance.

"Malcolm Turnbull wants to push ahead with cuts to family support and a higher GST but he's not willing to crack down on corporate tax avoidance," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"The whole game is up. The Turnbull Government has shown today that it will protect the big end of town and slug ordinary people. Tax reform should start at the top, not at the bottom.

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Greens use government bill to repeal government bill

The Senate has voted to repeal the Turnbull government's so-called "kidnap law," which passed only last month and exempted private companies - with turnover of $100 million dollars or more - from having to disclose their tax affairs.

"The passage of this Greens amendment is a big victory for the community - we've improved a multinational tax avoidance bill so that it also improves the financial disclosure and tax transparency of big companies," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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