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Ban ATM fees at big 4 banks: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and banking spokesperson, Adam Bandt, today released a proposal to ban the big 4 banks from charging ATM fees.

"The big 4 banks should be required to offer fee-free ATM access to all Australians," said Mr Bandt.

"The big banks made $23bn profits last year, yet they still charge us for the privilege of accessing our own money.

"You can't get by in society without a bank account, so it should be treated as an essential service, not an opportunity to charge us more fees.

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Anti-Dumping good start, but gov must act on local content: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt has welcomed the government's anti-dumping announcement today, but says the government must now work on local content rules for investments.

"These anti-dumping measures are long overdue", Mr Bandt said

"But these measures alone will not address the problems our manufacturers face. Unless we have strong rules on local content, manufacturing will continue to be squeezed," Adam Bandt said today.

"There needs to be action on local content rules for infrastructure and large investments, including in the mining and resources sector.

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Surplus on the back of single parents and job-seekers, while miners off the hook

Today's projected budget surplus is on the back of single parents, trainees and apprentices, researchers and job-seekers, instead of sensibly plugging loopholes in the mining tax and building a stronger revenue base for future investments, the Australian Greens said.

"Today's Budget update confirms that Labor is more committed to Australia being a coal country than a caring or clever country," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Research Budget cuts “false economy”: Bandt

The government's failure to rule out science Budget cuts in the upcoming MYEFO is of great concern, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said today.

"I share the concerns of researchers and universities about the impact of a pause or freeze on research funding," Mr Bandt said today.

"The Science Minister's answers in Senate Budget estimates hearings today, along with previous answers by the Treasurer to my questioning, give no comfort to those who want to protect science and research from budget cuts."

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Manufacturing taskforce backs Greens call for Sovereign Wealth Fund inquiry

Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt has welcomed the release of the Manufacturing Taskforce's report today. Mr Bandt says he will move in Parliament to implement the Taskforce's recommendation for an inquiry into a Sovereign Wealth Fund.

"The manufacturing sector has lost 125,000 jobs in the last four years. We know that the high Australian dollar, in part created by the mining boom, has put pressure on our manufacturing businesses and pressure on jobs", Mr Bandt said.

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R&D changes not on: Bandt

 

Any attempt to water down research and development tax concessions will be resisted by the Greens, warned Greens Deputy Leader and research and innovation spokesperson Adam Bandt today.

 

Responding to speculation about the content of the business tax working group's discussion paper to be released next week, Mr Bandt said the Greens want to see more spent on R&D not less.

 

"Australia needs to be spending more on research and development, not less," Mr Bandt said.

 

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SKA decision good for Australian Science

Greens Deputy Leader and science spokesperson, Adam Bandt, has welcomed the decision to include Australia as a site for the Square Kilometre Array astronomy project.

The giant global radio telescope project will be sited in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

"This is a great decision for Australian science. Of course we would all like to have seen the whole project in Australia, but there are benefits to having multiple sites. This will now be a truly global project. Collaboration is the future to science success."

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Fee hike for maths and science stupid: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and science spokesperson Adam Bandt MP has criticised a government bill to almost double uni fees for maths and science students introduced into Parliament today.

The Higher Education Support Amendment (Student Contribution Amounts and Other Measures) Bill saves the Budget $316 million by increasing fees for maths and science courses at university.

"Almost doubling university HECS fees for maths and science students is economic stupidity. Science and innovation are central to our current and future economic prosperity," Adam Bandt said.

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Qantas decision threatens maintenance future for Australia: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP says Qantas' decision to cut 500 heavy maintenance jobs threatens the future of airline maintenance in Australia.

 

Mr Bandt said Qantas' heavy maintenance was central to keeping the critical mass of skills needed for maintenance across the industry and the Federal government needs to take steps to secure a future for maintenance in the country. The government needs to establish the Industry Roundtable called for by the unions to address the future of the industry.

 

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