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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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Free ride for big business or caring for people?

To raise revenue, we need to end the free ride for the big end of town, instead of this Liberal Government's brutal budget cuts to our community's most vulnerable people.

Luckily for Joe Hockey and Mathias Cormann we've found over $79 billion dollars in revenue, over four years. We need to end the free ride for big business, big mining, and the big four banks.

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Budget makeover won't wash: Bandt

Adam Bandt 17 Aug 2014

Reports that the government is considering a Budget makeover won't make it fair, Acting Greens Leader Adam Bandt said today.

"You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig," Mr Bandt said.

"If you still have to pay more to go to the doctor or to university, the Budget is still unfair."

"Tweaking the Budget will still see the young, the sick and the poor bearing the brunt of the cuts."

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Abbott should reshuffle Cabinet and change Budget direction: Bandt

Tony Abbott should respond to his Treasurer's and Ministers' recent comments by rearranging his front bench and using the opportunity to ditch unfair Budget measures, said Acting Greens Leader, Adam Bandt.

"Tony Abbott's senior Ministers have broken the golden rule of Liberal party politics. They've stopped spouting three word slogans and told us what they really think, exposing that they don't share modern Australian values," said Mr Bandt.

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Hockey needs to be subbed off: Bandt

Tony Abbott needs to sub Joe Hockey off the field if he wants to make any headway with his Budget, Acting Greens Leader Adam Bandt said today.

"On same day that the Commonwealth Bank announces record profits, we see that wages growth is the lowest in 17 years and real wages are going backwards. Meanwhile Joe Hockey says the poor don't drive but the big banks should be let off the hook."

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Bank tax could fix Hockey’s Budget mess: Bandt

Joe Hockey should face reality and address the Budget's revenue squeeze by a levy on the big banks, instead of harmful cuts and slugging everyday Australians Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt said today.

The Commonwealth Bank announced a record profit of $8.7 billion today.

"A modest levy on the big banks would raise twice the revenue of Joe Hockey's plan to slug patients with co-payments and extra charges," Mr Bandt said.

"Instead of trying to strongarm crossbench senators, Joe Hockey should make the big banks and big miners pay their fair share."

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Speech: Mining tax repeal

Lee Rhiannon 17 Jul 2014

What a week! We have seen the government really deliver in spades, so to speak, to the mining industry. They are right out there, you would have to say—sycophantic, pandering. It is going to be tough, because, when you do not have such a revenue stream coming in, somebody has to pay.

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Why are the Greens blocking the fuel tax increase?

Why are the Greens blocking the fuel tax increase?

While we support a stronger price signal on fuel use, this proposal binds all of the funds raised to road expenditure.

Wouldn't a price increase on petrol cut down on fuel use?

Only if the funds were used to provide alternatives! With this proposal Tony Abbott want to make using the road more expensive but only use the funds raised to make more roads.

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