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Parliament declares Newstart is too low

Adam Bandt 16 May 2013

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt has welcomed the House of Representatives’ support for his motion declaring that the rate of Newstart is too low.

Mr Bandt says the government should now revisit its decision not to increase Newstart in the Budget.

“If we want a more caring society where we lift people out of poverty traps, the government must increase the dole”, Mr Bandt said.

“Today’s vote will give greater strength to the Greens, community and business groups that are campaigning for a $50 a week increase in Newstart.”

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Labor must ‘Abbott proof’ Melbourne Metro funding: Bandt

Adam Bandt 15 May 2013

Greens Deputy Leader and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP has called on Labor to work with the Greens to “Abbott-proof” the $3 billion in funding for Melbourne Metro announced last night.

Mr Bandt’s  Infrastructure (Priority Funding) Amendment Bill 2013 amends the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 to require the Commonwealth to prioritise federal funding of rail projects already on the National Priority List, such as the Melbourne Metro, ahead of any new major metropolitan road projects such as the East West tunnel.

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Transcript: Christine Milne and Adam Bandt: MRRT, science funding, Prisoner X, Treaty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Christine Milne 14 Feb 2013

Christine Milne and Adam Bandt outlined a new Greens push to amend depreciation loopholes in the mining tax. Adam Bandt commented on the Greens-Coalition motion on protecting science and research funding in the Budget that passed the House today and Senator Milne also commented on Prisoner X.


Subjects: Mining tax, science and research funding, Prisoner X, Treaty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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2013 should see government looking after people and the environment: Greens

Adam Bandt 31 Dec 2012

Acting Greens Leader, Adam Bandt, outlined the Greens' plans for the New Year today as he marked the eve of cuts to single parents' payments.

"The old parties' New Year's resolutions will ring hollow unless they are willing to face up to Australia's looming revenue challenge," said Mr Bandt.

"In 2013, the Greens want government to do its job of looking after people and the environment, and that means standing up to big business and the wealthy.

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