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Greens launch plan for mass housing construction to stave off recession

 Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt MP and Housing Spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi have today launched a bold plan to build 500,000 new homes, create 40,000 new jobs and 4,000 new apprenticeships, and push back the risk of recession nationally.

With construction having fallen 7.4% over the year, and with nearly one in three young people struggling to find work, this project will inject crucially needed stimulus into the economy while putting homes into reach for young families.

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Lack of sick leave a coronavirus ‘ticking time bomb’, stimulus payments needed: Greens

Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP and Greens Community Services spokesperson Rachel Siewert have called on the government to extend the Disaster Recovery Allowance to those affected by the coronavirus, especially those without sick leave.

The Greens have also called for any government stimulus to be targeted to support low-income Australians, support coronavirus resilience and be a more effective response to the threat of recession.

Lines from Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt MP:

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Morrison needs to end the austerity drive and invest in public infrastructure

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that the quarterly economic figures show that the Government needs to urgently walk away from its austerity drive and to ‘borrow to build’ for productive public infrastructure.

Senator Whish-Wilson, “Scott Morrison’s policy prescription is delivering nothing but bad medicine for the Australian economy.

“The Government’s austerity measures are hurting poorer people and they are actually now harming the wider economy.

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Desperate Turnbull launches Brexit fear campaign

"The Australian Greens respect the vote of the British people today but we share in the disappointment of our UK Greens colleagues who campaigned strongly for the UK to remain in the EU," said Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"The result highlights the need to bring people together if we want to be an outward focussed and confident nation that works for the common good.

"Instead the Prime Minister is launching another scare campaign to further lower the tone of an election campaign that is near rock bottom.

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PM Turnbull’s economic challenge: tackle inequality, global warming

The Australian Greens have challenged new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to dump the "nope, nope, nope" attitude of his predecessor when it comes to economic reforms that would reduce wealth inequality and face up to the reality of global warming.

"You can't have a serious economic plan if you've got Tony Abbott's climate policy leading into this election, and that's where Malcolm Turnbull is right now," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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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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Abbott shows his true colours on Tasmanian jobs and it's 'cuts, cuts, cuts'

Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson criticised the Abbott Government for taking the razor to jobs in Tasmania's vital science and research sector on the same day that Greens Education and Skills Minister Nick McKim announced $16M in funding to help train the Tasmanian scientists of the future.

"Now that the election is over we can see what the Abbott 'jobs plan' really means for Tasmania - sending the state backwards and derailing our transition to a diversified and resilient economy," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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PBO report confirms Greens economic credentials

The release of the Parliamentary Budget Office report has confirmed that the Australian Greens were the economically responsible party.

"The Greens proposals would leave our nation in better shape than both Labor and the Coalition," Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Our fully costed suite of policies would have delivered a more caring and economically sustainable society.

"The real story of the PBO report is how Tony Abbott hid his policies from independent scrutiny.

"Tony Abbott ran away from costed policies and got away with it.

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Greens move to end policy costing farce

"The Greens will move to end, once and for all, the election policy costing shambles," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"In the next parliament we will move legislation to ensure election policies are independently costed and made publicly available as soon as Treasury and the Parliamentary Budget Office can cost them.

"To have policy costings released without independent verification and two days from polling day is an insult to the public.

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Rudd must come clean on risks to Tasmanian economy from Labor policies

Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said we are simply getting more of the same today from Labor and if Prime Minister Rudd had any integrity he should come clean to Tasmanians about the risks to the State economy from Labor policies on carbon pricing and University cuts.

"Jobs and vital revenues to our State from two of our key institutions - the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and Hydro Tasmania - are at risk under Kevin Rudd's policies," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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