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Greens call for full coronavirus lockdown

Adam Bandt 27 Mar 2020

The Australian Greens have joined calls for a full New Zealand-style mandatory stay at home lockdown to respond to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, backing health experts calling for a ‘go hard, go fast’ response to enforce social distancing.

Greens leader Adam Bandt and health spokesperson Dr Richard Di Natale have called on the Prime Minister and National Cabinet to adopt a lock down in line with New Zealand’s Stage 4 measures. This would require everyone, except those providing essential services, to stay home, and only make physical contact with those they live with.  

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Death figures mean government must double intensive care beds

Adam Bandt 17 Mar 2020

Greens leader Adam Bandt MP and health spokesperson Dr Richard Di Natale have called on the Morrison government and national cabinet to explain what actions are being taken to double the number of intensive care units and to secure adequate number of ventilators.

Medical experts have warned that the number of intensive care beds need to at least double if we are to have a chance of managing the corona crisis. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer has flagged that Australia is facing up to 150,000 possible deaths in the worst case scenario.

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Income tax proposal a cop out

The Liberals are proving they're not up to the task of tax reform, again dumping their budget problems on state and territory governments, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Turnbull Government doesn't have the ticker to take on any difficult areas of reform so it's looking for an easy way out," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Instead of having the courage to take on unfair tax breaks like negative gearing, capital gains tax and fossil fuel subsidies, the PM is surrendering on real reform.

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Co-payments beginning of end of Medicare: Bandt

Adam Bandt 22 Apr 2014

Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt says the Greens will fight any government move to Medicare co-payments.

"If these reports of Tony Abbott's intentions are true, it is the beginning of the end of Medicare as we know it," Mr Bandt said today.

"Tony Abbott is leading us down the road to a US-style health system, where the quality of healthcare you get depends on your bank balance."

"Your Medicare card should be enough to see a GP - you shouldn't need a credit card as well."

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Bandt to ask People's question

Adam Bandt 7 Mar 2012

Greens MP Adam Bandt will ask the Prime Minister about voluntary euthanasia as part of the People's Question in Question Time next Wednesday.

Online citizen's activist group OurSay.Org announced the results of the People's Question today and revealed Mr Bandt's involvement.

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Adam backs Victorian Nurses

Right now nurses in my electorate of Melbourne and across the state of Victoria are being forced lift to work bans they have put in place at a number of hospitals.

The decision of Fair Work Australia to order the lifting of the bans again highlights the disadvantage of state employees, such as nurses, because they work in an essential service.

Nurses, midwives and mental health nurses save lives and care for people.

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Law change needed to help nurses: Bandt

Responding to Minister Shorten's statement on the nurses dispute Greens MP and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says Minister Shorten needs to do more than just talk.

Mr Bandt says urging the parties into a private arbitration won't change the intransigence of the Victorian Government and won't overcome the legal barriers to Fair Work arbitrating on nurse/patient ratios. He has urged Mr Shorten to get behind his bill to allow Fair Work to settle the dispute.

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