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A small-minded budget from a visionless government

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says the 2015 Budget is a visionless, small-minded document.

"This budget's biggest failure is what isn't there. There's no vision, no direction and no new sources of revenue from the big end of town," Senator Di Natale said.

"To look after people and build a more caring society, we need to raise more revenue, not cut one vital service to fund another.

"This budget takes more money from the pockets of nurses and charity workers than it does the big miners or big banks.

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8 Ways to Raise Revenue the Liberal Party Seem to be Ignoring

With the release of the tax white paper, you could be forgiven for thinking that the big end of town was doing it tough. But oh, how wrong you are. We've found 8 ways to raise revenue that the Liberal Party seem to be ignoring...

1. Abolish tax breaks for big mining

Currently big mining pays less for petrol than everyday Australians. How about if they didn't?

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PM Abbott’s vision for Australia: "dull" just camouflage for damaging, extreme

Greens Leader Christine Milne says the thousands of people who've taken to the streets today for the March in March are crying out for a vision from Australia's political leaders, which delivers in the public interest, not just business as usual for vested interests.

"People are just so disillusioned. We all know we don't want the cruel cuts on offer from the Abbott government, but we also deserve better than a dull budget that preserves the status quo and holds Australia back," said Senator Milne.

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A super system for everyone, not just the rich

The Greens have announced a new policy to make superannuation more equitable and raise $10 billion over the forward estimates. ‘A super system for everyone' will replace the current flat superannuation tax rate of 15% with a progressive system that is closely based on a person's marginal income tax rate.

"Superannuation in Australia has become a tax haven for the wealthy. It should be a way of delivering a comfortable retirement for everyone," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Senate calls for Liberals to take fresh approach to budget

The Senate has this afternoon endorsed a Greens motion that calls on Treasurer Joe Hockey to raise revenue from the big end of town instead of imposing cuts on Australians who can least afford it.

"The Liberals have been running a protection racket for big business, at the expense of the community. That's why their government is failing," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Whatever happens with their leadership in the coming weeks, I just hope the Liberals learn that they can't keep using government to protect tax avoiders at the big end of town.

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Greens say Joe Hockey’s budget strategy drives inequality

Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Abbott government is determined to worsen inequality in Australia, with a cruel budget strategy that attacks the vulnerable and lets the big end of town off the hook.

"Joe Hockey needs to listen to the community and completely change tack in 2015: try running the country for the benefit of all, not ruining it for all but the wealthiest one per cent," said Senator Milne.

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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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Greens blame Abbott government arrogance for poor economic figures

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey's Coalition government is responsible for poor economic growth figures.

"Relying on a dig it up, cut it down economy means Australia is disproportionately dependent on global commodity prices over which we have no control," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"The confidence of the community is shattered because of Tony Abbott's arrogance and single-mindedness over his cruel budget. No amount of Santa consumerism will overcome community scepticism.

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PM Abbott’s Liberals adrift with failed budget

Greens Leader Christine Milne says it's time for Treasurer Hockey to accept his budget has failed, instead of trying to trick the Australian people into accepting cruel cuts.

"The Treasurer keeps claiming there are no alternatives to his brutal attacks on the sick, the elderly, students and the unemployed. There are, but it will mean ending the age of entitlement at the big end of town," said Senator Milne.

"Just ditching tax breaks for big mining companies would boost the government accounts by $10 billion over the forward estimates.

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