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Commission of Cuts

Senator Richard Di Natale is the Chair of a Senate Committee that has been set up to scrutinise the work of the Abbott Government's Commission of Audit.

The Senate Inquiry is injecting some much needed transparency into the commission's process for developing recommendations, it is testing the underlying economic assumptions that guide their work and it is examining the real impact of cuts to services.

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Senate to investigate Luxembourg profit shifting

-Greens will push for directors of low tax paying companies to give personal evidence direct to Parliament
-Corporate tax avoiders in Australia are the real ‘leaners,' Abbott government budget priorities are unethical

Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Senate inquiry she initiated to investigate corporate tax avoidance will examine new evidence of widespread and shocking profit shifting to tax haven Luxembourg.

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Greens say G20 ploy will wedge PM Abbott, not Senate

Greens Leader Christine Milne says Prime Minister Abbott is setting Australia up to fail in the eyes of the G20, by ignoring global warming and playing domestic politics on the international stage.

"Tony Abbott is promising the G20 he'll deliver on some of his cruel budget cuts that have already been denounced by the Senate and the community as unacceptable," said Senator Milne

"Using the G20 to wedge the Senate is another crash or crash through tactic, but it's going to backfire on the Abbott government.

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Greens slam Tony Abbott’s sneaky toll road tactics

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott has no respect for the Parliament the Australian people elected.

"Tony Abbott is trying to sneak his toll road fund through the back door. He has zero respect for the Parliament that the Australian people elected," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"With his born-to-rule mentality Tony Abbott thinks he should get whatever he wants.

"It appears Tony Abbott will stop at nothing to build toll roads from one end of the country to the other.

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Greens secure inquiry into corporate tax evasion

The Senate has just voted in favour of a Greens motion to launch an inquiry into corporate tax evasion, in the lead-up to the G20 summit.

"On the same day that Labor has facilitated some of Joe Hockey's cruel budget cuts, the Greens have launched an inquiry to end the age of entitlement for the big end of town," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Instead of pulling safety nets out from under people in our community who most need support, the Abbott government should look for ways to raise revenue from those who can afford to pay.

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Greens will move for Senate inquiry into corporate tax evasion

Greens Leader Christine Milne says she will this week move for a Senate inquiry into corporate tax evasion in Australia.

"In Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey's Australia the real leaners are the big corporations. The big end of town is not paying anywhere near the amount of tax it should be paying," Senator Milne said.

"Instead Tony Abbott is trying to raise revenue from the poor, the sick and the young. This is wrong.

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Abbott and Palmer Party Mining Repeal Deal explained

The Abbott Government and coal-mining billionaire Clive Palmer have done a deal which will see the Palmer Party and Coalition join forces in the Senate to repeal the Mining Tax.

So what was the deal?
Repealing the Mining Tax in exchange for the Palmer Party Senators allowing the Abbott government to make a cash-grab on the retirement savings of one in three workers to the value of around $27,000 or 15% of their expected retirement savings.

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Mining tax abolition deal: PUP helps Tony Abbott justify brutal budget

Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Palmer United Party has done a mean and tricky deal with the Abbott government to turn down revenue and give a big win to mining magnates around Australia.

"Instead of getting a fair share from the big end of town that can afford to pay, coal mining billionaire Clive Palmer has done a tricky deal and put the pressure back on workers and families," said Senator Milne.

"Champagne corks will be popping in mining company boardrooms while Australian workers will face less money for their retirement.

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