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Greens call on Govt & ALP to back down from DSP cuts

The Australian Greens have called on the Government and ALP to back down on changes to the disability support pension contained in a compromised Social Services Amendment Bill, Budget Measures Number 6, which is set to pass the Senate during the next sitting week.

"Research from the National Welfare Rights Network shows that the Government's budget measures will make it tougher for people with disability to access and retain adequate levels of income support," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens disabilities spokesperson said today.

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Government employment plan ignores the reality faced by jobseekers

The Australian Greens said today that the Government's back down on some key parts of their employment plan show out of touch they are with the real circumstances faced by job seekers.

"I'm deeply concerned that despite some key back downs, the Government remains committed to a flawed approach, including work for the dole regimes that will not help jobseekers into secure work" Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Greens table dissenting report as the Government ignores evidence about the budget’s flaws

The Australian Greens today tabled a dissenting report to the Senate Inquiry into the Government's budget cuts to income support and social security, saying that the Majority Committee Report conclusion does not reflect the evidence the committee received.

The Senate Inquiry report into two omnibus Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bills was tabled today, with the Australian Greens dissenting report recommending the bills not be passed.

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Greens welcome pledge to enhance Parliamentary Budget Office

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne welcomes today's commitment from Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen that a Labor government would enhance the role of the independent Parliamentary Budget Office.

"The Greens set up the PBO in our agreement with the former government and it has already improved accountability and transparency when it comes to promises made by all political parties," said Senator Milne.

"Just last month the Greens made an inquiry submission calling for greater powers for the PBO and greater transparency.

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Greens to move for Senate Inquiry into budget inequality

The Australian Greens will move for a Senate Inquiry into Inequality in Australia, as the Government faces growing criticism about the impacts of the budget.

"Despite the Treasurer's claims, the Federal Budget is an attack on Australia's social contract that will increase inequality and deliver cuts to people who are already living in poverty," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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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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Tasmania takes biggest budget hit

Tasmania will take the biggest hit from the government’s budget of broken promises, with public sector jobs, families and welfare recipients bearing the brunt of the pain, Tasmanian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said today.

“Our young people, students, unemployed, pensioners and families all suffer under this budget, while the government delivers tax cuts to its big business mates,” Senator Whish-Wilson said.

“We already have one of highest unemployment rates in the country and now the government wants to rip more jobs out.

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Rear vision big-business budget to hit poor and sick hardest

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott's budget has been written for big business and will further divide Australia between the haves and have-nots, especially for sick, young and vulnerable people.

"This is a divisive and brutal budget written in the boardrooms of big business," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Tony Abbott's rhetoric about sharing the burden is a lie. Big business has been quarantined. Young people, the sick and vulnerable take the biggest hit.

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