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Cautious welcome as government adopts Greens super plan: Bandt

Adam Bandt 20 Apr 2016

In response to reports the government is set to lower superannuation tax concessions for people earning over $180,000, Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP cautiously welcomed the government moving to adopt parts of the Greens' superannuation policy but said the party was not ready to commit to passing the government's plan in the Senate without knowing more.

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Tobacco tax rise should not fund tax cuts: Bandt

Adam Bandt 15 Apr 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said if the government is looking to put up the price of cigarettes, they should use that money to invest in areas like hospitals and medical research, not to give big business and the very wealthy a tax cut.

“Putting up the price of cigarettes to stop people smoking and to fund health or medical research is fundamentally a good idea. Putting up the price of cigarettes just so you can give the likes of Gina Rinehart a tax cut is fundamentally unfair,” Mr Bandt said.

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Labor too weak on steel procurement: Greens

Greens Industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Labor’s plan to supposedly save the Australian steel industry by ‘maximising’ local steel used in government projects is too weak and called on Labor to add a seventh point: ‘Don’t sign the Trans Pacific Partnership’.

“The Australian steel industry is under threat and thousands of people across Australia working in the industry lack certainty about the future of their jobs,” Mr Bandt said.

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Labor must end the tax cuts arms race this election: Greens

Adam Bandt 14 Apr 2016

In response to the open letter signed by 50 eminent Australians calling on the government to not cut taxes, Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Labor to rule out cutting taxes in the upcoming Budget and election.

“Fifty eminent Australians have backed the Greens’ call to block tax cuts in the upcoming Budget and election,” Mr Bandt said.

“Real tax reform starts at the top, not the bottom. The Greens will not support tax cuts in the upcoming Budget or the election.”

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Greens will fight government’s moves on Road Safety

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Greens will fight the government’s moves to override a Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal ruling on pay for truck drivers.

“The Greens are concerned that the government’s push will make our roads less safe,” Mr Bandt said.

“The Greens supported establishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal because everyone deserves a safe workplace and everyone wants our roads to be safe.”

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Shorten must rule out Labor-Liberal preference deal

Adam Bandt 4 Apr 2016

Greens MP Adam Bandt has called on Bill Shorten to rule out preferencing the Liberals ahead of the Greens at the upcoming election.

Mr Bandt said the Labor leader must overrule Labor MP Michael Danby, who told Sky News today that he will preference the Liberals in his seat of Melbourne Ports and has called on Labor to preference the Liberals ahead of the Greens in all seats.

“Labor voters would be appalled to know that Labor preferences are going to the Liberals ahead of the Greens,” Mr Bandt said.

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Turnbull must ditch Abbott’s hardline public sector bargaining policy: Greens

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to ditch Tony Abbott’s hardline bargaining policy for public sector workers and negotiate with public servants to ensure they get the wages and conditions they deserve.

“Malcolm Turnbull speaks about respecting our public servants, yet as Prime Minister he has continued Tony Abbott’s hardline bargaining policy for the public sector,” Mr Bandt said.

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Income tax proposal a cop out

The Liberals are proving they're not up to the task of tax reform, again dumping their budget problems on state and territory governments, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Turnbull Government doesn't have the ticker to take on any difficult areas of reform so it's looking for an easy way out," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Instead of having the courage to take on unfair tax breaks like negative gearing, capital gains tax and fossil fuel subsidies, the PM is surrendering on real reform.

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CEIF: Turnbull’s climate con

The Australian Greens have criticised Malcolm Turnbull's new Clean Energy Innovation Fund for trying to make a cut in clean energy funding look like an investment.

"This is a clean energy con job dressed up as innovation " said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Tony Abbott is not the benchmark of good climate policy and in a climate emergency, this should not be the best Malcolm Turnbull can do to transform our economy.

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Greens to oppose income tax cuts & company tax cuts for big business

Adam Bandt 23 Mar 2016

“The Greens will not support income tax cuts in the upcoming Budget,” Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt said.

“The Treasurer has talked up the issue of 'bracket creep' and hasn’t ruled out income tax cuts."

“Instead of frittering away billions of dollars on $5 a week tax cuts for above average income earners, we should use that money for schools, hospitals and infrastructure.”

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