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Queensland hit hard as Labor/Liberal gut ARENA clean energy grants

Larissa Waters 13 Sep 2016

Ripping more than half a billion dollars from funding for clean energy projects will hit Queensland  jobs and the state’s renewables sector hard, Senator Larissa Waters has said.

“Ripping $500 million in grants for cutting edge renewable energy projects will be devastating for Queensland,” Senator Waters said.

“Right when our state needs more support from the Federal Government, Labor and the Liberals gang up to gut ARENA.

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$30b to be cut from schools, but even Government doesn’t know how

Penny Wright 5 Jun 2014

The Abbott Government cannot say where almost $30 billion in budget cuts to schools will be found, says Australian Greens spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright.

Senator Wright said estimates questioning late last night revealed the Government had picked a random number with no thought to the consequences.

"The best Treasury could do was say the cuts to schools would be 'something less than $30 billion'," Senator Wright said.

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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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Better mining tax would clean up government’s mess

While the Liberals have printed a booklet bemoaning a phoney budget emergency, the Australian Greens have a costed policy to avoid harsh budget cuts.

New analysis from the Parliamentary Budget Office using updated commodity data shows $35 billion could be raised by restoring the mining tax to its original intent and taxing mining super-profits.

"This opportunity to get a fair share from the big mining corporations makes a joke of Tony Abbott's attempt to justify harsh budget cuts," said Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Deficit levy plan will hurt Australians while letting big business, mining off the hook

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne called on the Labor party and cross benchers to reject any proposal from the Abbott Government for a new tax on Australians, while polluters and big business continue to be let off the hook.

"The Australian Greens will oppose any attempt to institute a new tax that will hurt Australians while the Abbott Government refuses to raise revenue from those who can afford it most.

"A tax like this on everyone except the richest and dirtiest must be rejected.

"We call on other Senators to do the same.

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Commission of Audit watchdog report warns against health, welfare cuts

The Senate Inquiry into the Abbott government's Commission of Audit has today tabled a new interim report, which covers evidence presented on the effects of predicted budget cuts in the areas of health, social services and employment.

"The evidence received by the Committee directly contradicts the Government's line on the economy," said Senator Richard Di Natale, chair of the Senate Select Committee conducting the inquiry.

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Disability Support Pension changes will entrench poverty

The Australian Greens have responded with anger to Minister Kevin Andrews comments that he will implement a disability crackdown.

"Yesterday it's the old age pension, today it's the disability support pension that is being clamped down on by the Government," said Senator Siewert, Australian Greens Spokesperson on disabilities.

"Minister Andrews is determined to make things worse for our most vulnerable community members with his reassessment schemes and his two tiered system.

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PM must end budget secrecy

Scott Ludlam 11 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott must come clean about his cruel cuts before voters go to the polls in elections around the country.

"How can we trust a Prime Minister who deliberately withholds information before an election?" asked Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Tony Abbott is deliberately hiding his true agenda for cruel cuts. He is being mean, tricky and secretive.

"It's completely obvious the PM is holding out until after the upcoming elections in an attempt to pull the wool over voters' eyes.

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Milne to Abbott: We will block your secret slash and burn agenda

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne says obfuscation by Tony Abbott on details of the Coalition's savings measures is a deliberate attempt to hide his razor gang from voters.

"Tony Abbott wants to cut environment spending and the public service to fund tax breaks for the rich but he isn't being honest with the Australian people about it," Senator Milne said.

"Mr Abbott wants total control of the parliament and for the Senate to wave through policies he won't even come clean on. He is hiding the ruthlessness of his razor gang from voters.

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Greens to stop driving Abbott driving Canberra into recession

Tony Abbott is mounting a massive attack on the public service and the only way to stop him slashing thousands of jobs and pushing Canberra into recession is to keep the Greens in the balance of power in the Senate.

"What Tony Abbott is saying is the Coalition is happy to let the big miners off the hook but will axe thousands of jobs in the public service, in addition to the proposed efficiency dividend, to return the budget to surplus," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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