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Greens will fight tooth and nail against any increase to the GST: Bandt

Adam Bandt 28 Oct 2019

Acting Greens leader Adam Bandt MP has responded to moves within the government to lift the rate of the goods and services tax (GST), warning that the Greens will fight tooth and nail to block any increase.

“Today Scott Morrison’s real agenda was exposed,” said Mr Bandt.

“This government wants to hand over tax cuts to the wealthy and then make everyone else pay more by lifting the GST.

“The Greens will fight tooth and nail against the Liberals’ plan to lift the GST.

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Greens the real opposition as tax cuts pass

Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale has condemned today’s bipartisan destruction of our progressive taxation system, declaring that the Greens are the only party acting as a real opposition.
 
“What a dark day this has proven to be. Centre Alliance seem to be Morrison puppets, Jacqui Lambie has sold out Tasmanian battlers for cents on the dollar, and Anthony Albanese’s Labor folded at the first sign of pressure,” Opposition Leader Richard Di Natale said.
 

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Speech: Liberals' Tax Plan is a $158bn Mistake

I rise to speak on the government's disastrous $158 billion tax bill that is being rushed through parliament. This is a $158 billion mistake. This is a terribly irresponsible choice that the people of Australia will be forced to wear the consequences of for decades to come. How can this government look the 700,000 people barely surviving on Newstart in the eye and say: 'You know what? We can't afford to increase Newstart. We can't afford to support you, but you won't believe what we can afford to do for the very rich.' Shame on you.

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Labor leadership needs to stick firm in tax cuts opposition

The Labor leadership needs to stick firm in its opposition to the Government's tax cut package, despite the pressure it may be feeling from a handful of backbenchers, Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale said.

"Labor said during the election that they wouldn't back in the Government's disastrous tax cuts and Anthony Albanese should stand firm, do the right thing for the country and continue to oppose these cuts," Di Natale said.

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Invest in renewables and Newstart, not tax cuts, to solve today’s economic problems: Greens

Instead of locking in a spiral of economic inequality by green-lighting Scott Morrison's flat tax system, the Labor Party should work with the Greens on a long-term plan to drive productivity and create sustainable jobs through investment in renewables and increasing Newstart, Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale said.

"By supporting these tax cuts the Labor Party are going to make inequality worse and do nothing to set the country up for the future," Di Natale said.

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Greens release plan for 270,000 new jobs

The Australian Greens have today announced that their plan will deliver hundreds of thousands of new jobs across Australia.

“The Greens have a plan for a safer climate, a fairer society and new lasting jobs,” said Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale.

“Scott Morrison wants you to believe that we have to choose between our economy and the environment but the truth is that they move in the same direction.

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Federal Budget a cynical mess: Greens

This budget is a cynical attempt to buy votes instead of planning for the nation’s looming challenges. What we needed was a plan to tackle the climate emergency through a real investment in renewables and a managed transition away from coal and other fossil fuels. What we needed was a plan to tackle growing inequality and to fund our essential services. Instead Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg have stuck their heads in the sand and delivered a few election bribes.

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