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Don’t slug single parents - make mining giants pay their share

Having moved amendments, motions and bills to fix the poorly designed Mining Tax, the Greens will raise with the Prime Minister the urgent need to fix the tax and plug the growing revenue hole that is seeing single parents, job-seekers and researchers go without.

"You have to ask what is 'Labor' about allowing multi-billion dollar mining companies to avoid paying their fair share while slugging single parents, refusing to lift the appallingly low Newstart allowance and cutting funding for research and training," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Greens move to scrap royalty free ride from mining tax

Speaking on Meet the Press today, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt has said the Greens will move to scrap the royalty rebate contained in the mining tax legislation.

Mr Bandt said that the Greiner/Brumby review of the mining royalties has confirmed the inherently flawed nature of the government's royalty deal with the big miners. If the rebate was retained, it would put the Commonwealth's mining tax revenue at the mercy of the States, Mr Bandt said.

"We will move in Parliament as soon as possible to remove this unsustainable deal on royalties", Mr Bandt said.

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Govt reneging on skills promise

Greens MP and employment and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, says the government is ignoring commitments made at Budget time last year to train Australian workers.

The Greens warned at the time that the government's skills package could lead to the mining industry ignoring Australian workers and our worst fears seem to be coming true, Mr Bandt said.

Mr Bandt called for the urgent fast-tracking of a National Skills Register that would help find work for skilled people in the non-mining states on mining and resource projects.

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Greens reject Victorian coal push

The Australian Greens have rejected a renewed push by the Baillieu government to expand brown coal mining in Victoria. The Greens will also look at what action can be taken by the Federal government to slow down the push.

"Minister Comber should not be encouraging these moves by the Baillieu government. The Clean Energy Future package is about transitioning away from our dependence on coal, in particular brown coal. The Gillard government should not undermine that by backing this move. It is economically and environmentally irresponsible," Deputy Greens Leader Senator Milne said.

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