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Petrol tax reveals Abbott’s new three word slogan: Stuff you, mate

Responding to reports Tony Abbott is planning to make petrol more expensive, Acting Greens Leader, Adam Bandt, said Tony Abbott's refusal to end fuel subsidies for wealthy miners proved the Coalition was siding with big business against everyday Australians.

"Tony Abbott's plan is for people to keep forking out billions each year just so the likes of Gina Rinehart can buy cheap diesel," said Mr Bandt.

"By making people pay more for petrol and GP visits while giving wealthy miners subsidised fuel, Tony Abbott has revealed his new three word slogan: ‘Stuff you, mate'.

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Landcare funding shouldn't be cut

The Australian Greens are dismayed that National Landcare program has been targeted for a 50% cut in the Commission of Audit report.

"A 50% cut in funding will put important Landcare, natural resource management, environmental programs and jobs at risk and comes as the movement celebrates the 25th anniversary of Landcare " Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Abbott needs to do more on paid parental leave

Any Abbott government paid parental leave scheme must be fully funded by big business, the Australian Greens said today.

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said big questions remained over the funding of the scheme as proposed by Tony Abbott.

"Any scheme needs to be fair, affordable and legislated as a workplace right. The scheme would also need to be fully funded by big business, not budget cuts," Senator Milne said.

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Greens say vulnerable will suffer most under May budget

The Australian Greens say the Abbott government is making its approach to income support very clear in revealing that income management will be one of the only areas to get more funding this May.

"Income management is a failed, top down demonising approach to those on income support," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Community Services.

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Budget to expose Abbott government’s cruel character

If budgets reveal the true character of a government, as Prime Minister Abbott told an audience last night in Sydney, the Greens say Australians are about to find out how cruel the Abbott government really is.

"A budget is one of the most values-laden documents to hit the parliament each year, and the Abbott government's first budget is going to ask those who need our support to give up what little they have, so that the wealthiest in the country can continue to pollute and maximise their profits," said Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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An Abbott budget would heap stress on our poorest people

The Australian Greens said today that some of the poorest people in our community will be placed under even more financial stress if Tony Abbotts's budget becomes a reality.

"Tony Abbott is so preoccupied with keeping big business onside that he's prepared to take already meagre supplement payments of around $4 per week off jobseekers and single parents on Newstart," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services said today.

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