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Greens call to fix mining tax on back of GDP result

Just over 80% of growth reported in today's new GDP figures have come from the mining sector, so Australian Greens say it's time to fix the mining tax to return a fair share of profits to communities.

"These GDP figures reinforce that there is no budget emergency. The Abbott government is choosing to let big miners off the hook, while trying to justify oppressive, cruel cuts," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Ten uses for the Liberal's budget propaganda leaflets

Despite the Prime Minister promising that there will not be a taxpayer-funded advertising campaign, it is apparent that the Federal Liberal MPs will be bombarding Tasmanian letterboxes with their budget propaganda. Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, the Greens Senator for Tasmania, offers the following suggestions on how Tasmanians can best make use of this material.

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What About 'Blocking Supply'?

Why won't you block 'supply'?

The Greens will block the budget measures. We can block Tony Abbott’s cruel budget without resorting to brinkmanship or playing dangerous politics. And we will.
 
But blocking supply will cause whole of government shutdown and the kind of crisis where people don’t get paid. We don’t need to block supply in order to block Abbott and kick his Government out.
 
We will send the budget measures back and we are ready to fight an election on it.

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Budget cuts outsource the investigation of white collar crime to the community

Greens spokesperson for Small Business, Consumer Affairs and Competition Policy, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson comments on statements by the Chairman of ASIC, Greg Medcraft that ASIC will have to rely on more whistle-blowers to come forward to remain effective with their massive budget cuts.

Senator Whish-Wilson says, “Only 7 years after the global financial crisis this government's ideological pursuit of deregulation knows no bounds.

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No new Landcare grants a blow for Tasmanian community groups

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has expressed his disappointment and concern that no new Landcare grants will be available for community groups over the next four years. Last night in Senate Estimates under questioning from Greens spokesperson for Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert, Department of Agriculture officials confirmed that there is no money for new Landcare grants between now and 2018.

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PM’s adviser blinded by ideology

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Prime Minister's chief business adviser, Maurice Newman, must be deaf if he hasn't heard the Greens clearly identify revenue alternatives for balancing the budget.

"Keep the carbon price, keep and fix the mining tax and get rid of fossil fuel subsidies for big polluters," said Senator Milne.

"The Greens won't allow Tony Abbott's brutal budget cuts to impact on Australians who need our support, when there are such obvious revenue alternatives.

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Greens hold Geelong budget Q&A in place of Tony Abbott

Australian Greens Senator, Dr Richard Di Natale, will host a budget Q&A at Deakin University in Geelong today.

“Tony Abbott’s attempt to shred Australia’s social safety net and make it harder for people to see a doctor will hit hardest in places like Geelong,” said Senator Di Natale, chair of the Senate Committee into the Commission of Audit.

“The Prime Minister has shown himself to be a coward by not fronting up to the Geelong community to explain his cruel and brutal budget.

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Greens Leader to states: Don’t fall for PM Abbott’s GST ploy

Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Abbott government is attempting to trick the states into talking about the GST, to distract from his brutal budget and the opportunities that still exist to raise revenue from his big business mates.

"My message to the states is: don't fall for Tony Abbott's GST ploy. The Prime Minister is trying to fool you and distract the community from his cruel budget cuts," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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