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Turnbull puts education in too-hard basket, with health

The Australian Greens say Prime Minister Turnbull has now put public school funding in the too-hard-basket, along with health

"Instead of having the courage to raise the revenue we need to pay for quality schools and hospitals, the Liberals are handing all their responsibilities over to the states," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"The suggestion that the federal government may not provide any funding for public schools is an extraordinary abandonment of one of the government's key responsibilities.

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Income tax proposal a cop out

The Liberals are proving they're not up to the task of tax reform, again dumping their budget problems on state and territory governments, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Turnbull Government doesn't have the ticker to take on any difficult areas of reform so it's looking for an easy way out," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Instead of having the courage to take on unfair tax breaks like negative gearing, capital gains tax and fossil fuel subsidies, the PM is surrendering on real reform.

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Welfare cop more harsh approach from uncaring Abbott government

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said the Abbott government is deliberately trying to smear all income support recipients with this latest ‘tough cop on the beat' approach to welfare.

"Appointing a senior police officer to target welfare fraud implies that the problems with the system are all related to deliberate fraud rather than administrative errors resulting from a complex and unwieldy system that leads to the majority of overpayments or in fact underpayments," said Senator Siewert said.

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Super concessions policy ready now: $10 billion from Greens

An independent costing requested by the Australian Greens and prepared by the Parliamentary Budget Office shows reducing superannuation tax concessions for the most wealthy would raise $10.16 billion dollars over four years.

"Government advisers have suggested it in the tax white paper, Labor says they'll support it and the Greens have got a costed policy that's ready to go. This would remove a tax haven and reduce the wealth gap between rich and poor, which would be a really great thing for Australians," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Abbott government needs new policies, not new enforcers

Christine Milne 21 Dec 2014

Greens Leader Christine Milne says Tony Abbott's frontbench reshuffle won't matter much to everyday Australians who are still being threatened with the same cruel budget measures.

"The faces have changed, but not the policies. This government is too arrogant to accept its cruel agenda has been rejected by the community and the Senate," said Senator Milne.

"If the Prime Minister doesn't listen to people and change his policies, he's going to find that people will change the Prime Minister.

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175 agencies to be axed? Warped budget priorities set to continue in MYEFO

Greens Leader Christine Milne says reports the Abbott government will target 175 government agencies for abolition is a warning sign that the cruel and warped priorities from the May budget are set to continue in the government's Mid Year Economic Forecast.

"Instead of raising revenue from the big end of town, the Abbott government seem set to continue its slash and burn agenda against the public service, the unemployed, students and the sick," Senator Milne said.

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Relationship counselling scheme should be abandoned

The Australian Greens said today that the underwhelming response to the Government's relationship counselling voucher scheme is a clear sign that it should be abandoned.

"The low number of people applying for vouchers under the Government's scheme is the obvious outcome of an ideologically-driven policy," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

"This is the result of a Minister driving an agenda that does not meet the needs of our community.

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Government resorts to bullying community organisations

The Australian Greens said today that Alan Tudge's attack on Australia's peak community organisation is yet another sign of the Government's desperation to justify their cruel policy agenda.

"There is a significant difference between emergency relief and income support payments which are paid to millions of Australians," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said.

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Government should address discrimination against people with disability, not punish them

The Australian Greens said today that information provided to Senate Estimates shows that employment discrimination against people with disability remains a serious issue, and that instead of punishing people with disability the Government should be addressing this discrimination.

"The Australian Human Rights Commission said in Senate Estimates that 33% of complaints made under the Disability Discrimination Act relate to employment," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability issues said today.

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Greens call for justice target and reversal of cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander funding

The Australian Greens said today that the Productivity Commission's report Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage should send a clear signal to the Federal Government that they must reverse their budget cuts and put in place a justice target.

"Tony Abbott said he was the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, but he has cut over half a billion dollars from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander funding," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.

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