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Labor & Liberals vote down Greens’ move to cut $2 ATM fees in Senate

Adam Bandt 22 Feb 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said he was disappointed that Labor had joined with the Liberals to vote against a move by the Greens to cut excessive ATM fees. The Greens moved to extend the measures that will cut excessive credit card fees in the government’s Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Bill 2015 for excessive ATM fees as well.

“It is disappointing that Labor has again joined the government to stop the Greens from making it cheaper for people to access their own money,” Mr Bandt said.

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Morrison should stop backing fossil fuels & transition economy to industries of the future

Adam Bandt 17 Feb 2016

Responding to Treasurer Scott Morrison’s National Press Club Address ‘Backing Australians in our Transitioning Economy’, Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP called on the Treasurer to stop backing fossil fuels and instead invest in creating jobs and growth by transitioning our economy to the industries of the future, like clean energy, science, research and innovation.

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Worst. Tax 'debate'. Ever.

Adam Bandt 16 Feb 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today welcomed Malcolm Turnbull publicly declaring the GST rise is dead, buried and cremated, but said this latest move by the government confirms it has been the worst tax 'debate' ever.

"Finally Malcolm Turnbull has come out and let the public know that a GST rise is dead, buried and cremated," Mr Bandt said.

"This is just the government bowing to public pressure over a policy it never had the courage to publicly own.”

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CBA record half-year profit shows big banks can afford to pay more tax

Adam Bandt 10 Feb 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that news the Commonwealth Bank has posted another record half-year profit of $4.8 billion proves the big banks can afford to pay more tax.

“Yet again one of the big 4 banks has put away a record half-year profit, proving they can afford to pay their fair share in tax,” Mr Bandt said.

“Instead of looking at attacking our long-standing universal healthcare system by privatising parts of Medicare, the government should again look at introducing a bank deposit levy, but limit it to the Big 4.”

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Greens urge government to change direction on tax

Adam Bandt 10 Feb 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP wrote to Treasurer Scott Morrison late yesterday urging him to adopt a fairer ‘Plan B’ on tax reform that could pass through the Senate. Mr Bandt’s letter outlined the Greens’ proposals for progressive taxation of superannuation and reforming negative gearing, areas that the government is reported to be considering.

“Tax reform should start at the top, not the bottom. The Greens want the government to change direction on tax,” Mr Bandt said.

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GST rise is dead, but Turnbull must show us the body

Adam Bandt 8 Feb 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said now that the GST rise is dead, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must show us the body to prove that it’s not a zombie that will come back to attack us.

“The GST rise is dead but Malcolm Turnbull needs to make sure it’s not a zombie that comes back to life to attack us,” Mr Bandt said.

“This is a big win for the public and the community who have stared down this unfair tax.”

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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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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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