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Liberal flat-tax proposal throwback to Joh Bjelke-Petersen

Adam Bandt 5 Feb 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said the flat-tax proposal for income tax floated by Liberals MP Dan Tehan today is a throwback to Joh Bjelke-Petersen that would increase inequality in Australia.

“Today we hear that the Turnbull government is considering swinging a wrecking ball through our progressive tax system by instating a flat-tax,” Mr Bandt said.

“Liberal MPs are dredging up Neanderthal ideas of conservative thought that belong squarely in the past.”

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Turnbull ‘mum’ on fate of refugee babies & children

In response to his first question since yesterday’s High Court decision concerning the fate of the 37 babies and 90 children living in Australia, directed to him in Question Time by Greens MP Adam Bandt, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refused to commit to not sending these children currently living in Australia to Nauru.

“It is devastating that Malcolm Turnbull will not commit to letting these children, including 37 babies, stay in Australia,” Mr Bandt said.

“The Prime Minister seems on track to authorise child abuse by sending them to the hellhole of Nauru.”

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Gutting CSIRO climate science is the enemy of innovation

News that the Turnbull Liberal Government is sacking more CSIRO scientists, gutting climate science in Australia, shows what a climate-denialist government this is.  

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters said: "Turnbull's mass sacking of climate scientists is the enemy of innovation."

"The Prime Minister's speech in Paris about tackling global warming with innovation was all empty rhetoric - he is keeping Abbott's climate policies and letting the Coalition climate dinosaurs rule."

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PBO report shows Treasurer’s pigheadedness will blow out deficit by $45 billion

Adam Bandt 3 Feb 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said that a Parliamentary Budget Office report released today on the government’s unlegislated Budget measures show that the Treasurer’s pigheadedness will blow out the deficit by $9.5 billion over the forward estimates and $44.7 billion over the next decade. Mr Bandt said that if Treasurer Scott Morrison was serious about wanting to balance the books, he’d come up with a ‘Plan B’ that had a chance of passing the Senate, instead of sticking with unfair measures that will grow the gap between rich and poor.

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Greens move for House to decline ABCC bill in favour for broad-based anti-corruption watchdog

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today moved for the House of Representatives to decline the ABCC bill and instead support establishing a national broad-based anti-corruption watchdog that would have the power to investigate corruption wherever it occurs. “Malcolm Turnbull should walk away from his plan to give construction workers fewer rights than alleged criminals and instead establish a national broad-based anti-corruption watchdog,” Mr Bandt said.

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Greens reject government’s ridiculous TURC secret volume offer

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Greens Party Room has rejected the government’s last minute offer for one member of the Greens Party Room to view the secret volume of the Trade Union Royal Commission report.

Mr Bandt said the offer that came through late last night was verging on the ridiculous and called on the government to treat all Members of Parliament equally.

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Turnbull must have the courage to take on Liberal Party base on tax reform: Greens

Adam Bandt 1 Feb 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to have the courage to stand up to the Liberal Party base and make our tax system fairer by starting tax reform at the top, not at the bottom.

“Malcolm Turnbull needs to have the courage to stand up to the Liberal Party base and make our tax system fairer,” Mr Bandt said.

“Tax reform should start at the top, not at the bottom.”

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Turnbull’s first priority to attack people’s rights at work: Greens

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Malcolm Turnbull’s first priority is attacking people’s rights at work after announcing his government will bring back the bill to establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission as the first item of Parliamentary business this year.

“Instead of legislating for marriage equality or strong action on climate change, Malcolm Turnbull’s first priority is to attack people’s rights at work,” Mr Bandt said.

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