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Greens offer to shift company tax burden

With ongoing confusion about Coalition leadership and the government's position on company tax and a big business levy, the Greens are prepared to consider a two-tiered company tax system, combined with stronger anti-avoidance measures.

"Business wants certainty and there's none to be found in the Liberal leadership. Regardless of who leads the government they have an opportunity to restructure company tax to make the big end of town pay its way," 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 big business leaners should pay more, not ordinary Australians

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says a campaign by big business to be released from paying a 1.5% levy is ridiculous while the Liberals push ahead with their cruel cuts to people who can least afford to pay.

"If the Liberals had really listened and turned over a new leaf, they would be raising revenue from the big end of town instead of the poor, the sick and students," said Senator Milne.

"The Liberals should rule out proceeding with a tax cut to big business. They are the leaners in Australia and should pay more. They don't deserve a tax cut. "

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