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Labor pleading for Liberals’ preferences to stay in Parliament: Greens

Adam Bandt 9 Mar 2016

Greens Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP today said Anthony Albanese’s extraordinary statement yesterday was a desperate move by Labor to try to shore up Liberal preferences in seats around the country in order for some of their frontbench to continue their careers.

“Labor is now desperately begging the Liberals for preferences in seats around the country to allow Labor party Members of Parliament to continue their careers,” Mr Bandt said.

“I like Anthony Albanese, but he has gone from fighting Tories to begging Tories.”

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Cash must put money where mouth is for women’s work/life balance

Following Minister for Women Michaelia Cash’s comments on flexibility for women re-entering the workforce during the ‘International Women’s Day Address’, Greens Employment & Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Minister Cash to get behind the Greens’ plan to give people more control over their work/life balance.

“Minister for Women Michaelia Cash talked big on making employers consider flexible workplace arrangements for women during her ‘International Women’s Day Address’ today, yet didn’t commit to how she would do it,” Mr Bandt said.

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Question – Education Funding

Adam Bandt 2 Mar 2016

Mr BANDT

My question is to the Prime Minister. The Safe Schools program has been stopping bullying around the country, and has helped many young people feel that they fit in. Prime Minister, is your commitment to socially progressive values so skin deep that you will put young people's welfare at risk and throw a successful antibullying campaign under a bus just because the bigots in the conservative brotherhood tell you to?

Mr Perrett interjecting—

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Turnbull tax tinkerer, not reformer: Greens

Adam Bandt 25 Feb 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said reports that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is backing down from tax reform and instead will only tinker with caps on superannuation contributions and negative gearing shows that he has squibbed it on tax reform.

“Malcolm Turnbull has squibbed it on tax reform,” Mr Bandt said.

“Instead of making sweeping reforms that would end unfair tax breaks and bring in much-needed revenue for our schools, hospitals and services, Malcolm Turnbull looks set to only tinker at the edges.”

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Dutton’s ‘blackmail’, ‘self-harm’ comments a disgrace: Greens

The Immigration Minister's claims that he is being held to ransom and blackmailed by a one-year-old girl are inexcusable, the Australian Greens have said. Minister Dutton made these comments in response to a question from Greens Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt in Question Time today.

"For Peter Dutton to claim that the government is being held to ransom by Baby Asha is appalling," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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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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Unemployment rises as Morrison stalls

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said unemployment figures released today showing joblessness rising to 6 per cent, coupled with Treasurer Scott Morrison’s visionless accounting lecture yesterday, should ring alarm bells.

“Unemployment rising to 6 per cent coupled with Treasurer Scott Morrison’s visionless rambling yesterday should ring alarm bells for everyone who wants a secure and meaningful job,” Mr Bandt said.

“Yesterday the Treasurer promised a vision for supporting people in a transitioning economy but all we got was a bad accounting lecture.”

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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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CSIRO CEO’s climate science cuts cast doubt on its future

The Australian Greens today said the CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall’s decision to cut hundreds of jobs in climate science within the organisation puts the future of the CSIRO as a respected national institution in doubt and criticised his public comments on his decision. The Greens called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to intervene and reverse Dr Marshall’s retrograde decision, and for Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to stand up for the Tasmanian climate scientists affected by these cuts.

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