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‘Enterprise contracts’ would dramatically undermine minimum standards: Greens

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Liberal government’s consideration of adopting enterprise contracts for medium-size businesses would dramatically undermine workplace legal minimum standards.

“With about half of the Australian workforce employed in small and medium businesses, the Liberal government’s idea to allow some companies to contract out of legal minimum standards would dramatically undermine people’s rights at work,” Mr Bandt said.

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MYEFO is the canary in the coal mine

Adam Bandt 15 Dec 2015

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP says Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook is the canary in the coal mine, reinforcing the need to grow the new economy and get rid of unfair tax breaks if Australia is to avoid descent into austerity and economic irrelevance.

Mr Bandt says the cuts to programs outlined in today's announcement are too harsh and are unnecessary, as the government should instead tackle unfair tax breaks for the wealthy. The Greens have outlined $38 billion in unfair tax breaks, costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office.

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Axing just 4 unfair tax breaks would plug Budget revenue hole: Greens

Adam Bandt 14 Dec 2015

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP will today unveil costings on removing just four sets of unfair tax breaks that would cover forecast revenue shortfalls set to be revealed in next week's Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

The Budget deficit is expected to be between $33-39 billion worse than expected when MYEFO is released on Tuesday, according to several recent independent forecasts.

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Greens stand with MV Portland seafarers and their families

Greens stand with MV Portland seafarers and their families 

The Australian Greens call on the Liberal government to revoke the temporary shipping licence granted to Alcoa, which is putting local jobs on the chopping block.

"We stand with the people whose jobs on the MV Portland are in jeopardy and with their families who face an uncertain Christmas," said Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP.

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Greens fear banks are coming after peoples’ super

Adam Bandt 10 Dec 2015

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said he wants to make sure that the government’s exposure draft of further changes to superannuation isn't about helping banks come after Australians’ super.

“I am concerned that the government is trying to limit sector and community input to the exposure draft by releasing it just before Christmas and setting a deadline of January 20,” Mr Bandt said.

"I also fear that there is a concerted push underway by the banks to get their hands on compulsory superannuation savings.”

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Labor Premiers selling out poor Australians by considering GST rise

Adam Bandt 9 Dec 2015

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that Labor Premiers are selling out poor Australians by joining their Liberal colleagues in discussing a rise to the GST while ignoring subsidies to the very wealthy. Mr Bandt called on State Premiers and the Federal Liberal government to raise revenue by ending fossil fuel subsidies and unfair tax breaks instead of raising the GST.

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Innovation Statement welcome, but not enough to replace massive research cuts

The Greens broadly welcome the Turnbull Government’s Innovation Statement, however it does not repair the huge damage done to the science and research and development sectors by the Liberals’ funding cuts in recent years.

Greens Innovation spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said: “The focus on innovation and the attached funding are welcome, but it does not come close make up for the Liberals’ massive cuts to science, higher education and research and development.”

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National accounts figures show Australian economy still too reliant on mining exports: Greens

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the national accounts released this morning reveal that the Australian economy is still heavily reliant on mining exports, leaving us exposed to changing prices and demand.

“It’s concerning that growth is still so heavily reliant on mining exports, because it leaves us exposed to changing prices and demand,” Mr Bandt said.

“The figures confirm we must redouble our efforts to grow the new economy, including by making Australia a renewable energy superpower.”

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