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Small business package puts back what the Government took away

The Greens spokesperson for Small Business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomes the Government’s attempts to put back into this budget, what they themselves took away in the last.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “If you weren’t cynical about politics before this budget, then surely you will be now.

“Last year the Liberals axed $5.4 billion in small business support including company loss carry-back and accelerated vehicle depreciation, and they reduced the instant asset write-off threshold from $6,500 to $1,000.

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Abbott’s science and research failure continues: Bandt

Overall science and research funding continues to stagnate under the Abbott government, with further cuts in the Budget and important programs stuck on life support.

While the continuation of the Medical Research Fund is very welcome, despite threats to make it contingent on the GP co-payment, concerns remain on the source of its funding from cuts to the health Budget.

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Abbott's Budget has no vision for SA

The 2015 Budget has no vision for the future of South Australia, say SA's Australian Greens Senators.

Senator Penny Wright said the Government was continuing to protect big business at the expense of everyday South Australians.

"The Abbott Government has absolutely no vision for South Australia's future. Rather than finding new sources of revenue from the big end of town, this Budget cuts one vital service to fund another," Senator Wright said.

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Budget 2015 must save science and respect research: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to lift investment in science and research in the upcoming Budget, starting by reversing the over $100 million in cuts to the CSIRO and offering a fair pay deal to CSIRO staff. Staff at the CSIRO have today began industrial action after negotiations over pay and conditions stalled.

“Tony Abbott’s last Budget was a killer for science and research,” Mr Bandt said.

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Price gouging behind big power bills: Senate inquiry exposes lack of political will to fix it

The Greens say only gutless recommendations are contained in today's report from the Senate inquiry into electricity prices, which shows the only thing stopping Australians from enjoying lower electricity prices immediately is the lack of political will to stop major networks from gouging their customers.

"It's plainly obvious that to bring down power bills and pollution we must start with the electricity market and network charges," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Abbott must do for scientists what he did for ADF personnel

Greens Deputy Leader and science and industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called for the government to do for our scientists what it did for our defence personnel and abandon its unfair bargaining policy.

"This government has already cut over $100 million dollars from the CSIRO, seeing hundreds of scientists lose their jobs. Now Tony Abbott is making life harder for the scientists and researchers who remain behind, forcing them to do more for less," Mr Bandt said.

"It's no wonder they're looking at industrial action."

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ANZ’s entry into Financial Advice mess shows Royal Commission still needed

The Greens spokesperson for Consumer Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that revelations that ANZ charged 8,500 clients for a service they never received shows that more needs to be done to root out problems in the sector.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “It has only taken a few Senate inquiry hearings to pressure the banks to reveal systemic problems within the financial advice sector.

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Senate backs Greens motion to protect science & research funding in Budget

Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt welcomed the support of the Senate for a Greens motion calling on the government to protect science & research funding in the Budget.

The motion calls on the government to increase science and research funding, put ongoing funding on a secure footing and reverse the decision to cut the critical Future Fellowships program, which supports mid-career researchers.

“This week, hundreds of scientists came to Parliament to talk with politicians about why investing in science matters.”

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