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Treasurer has no basis for keeping gold out of mining tax: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt says the Government's excuse for excluding gold from the mining tax does not wash.

Mr Bandt asked the Treasurer about putting gold in the mining tax in Question Time today.

"Gold is traded on international and local markets. To suggest it can't be taxed because it is mined with other minerals is simply not right", Mr Bandt said.

"Mr Swan's explanation does not wash. His own department recommended gold be in the original mining tax."

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Cut pollution - Make clean energy cheaper

UPDATE: Read the details of the carbon price and clean energy package here.

Pollution from burning coal, oil and gas is driving a climate crisis, making our world more dangerous, increasing prices of food and water and jeopardising our way of life.

But if we cut pollution and invest properly in the clean alternatives, we can build a healthier, cleaner, more secure economy and community for all of us.

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Nuclear debate in Australia over: Bandt

Greens MP Adam Bandt has told the Parliament that the nuclear debate in Australia is now over.

In a speech last night discussing the emergency at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Mr Bandt said other MPs, who just three weeks ago were strongly advocating nuclear power, were now silent.

Australia's uranium exports to Japan and other countries also now needed to be reconsidered, he said.

"The debate on nuclear power in this country is now over", Mr Bandt told the Parliament.

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Thanks for saving Solar Flagships

 

Dear Friend,

I am emailing you because you recently contacted my office about the threat to funding for solar power in Australia.

I want to thank you for your support and let you know more about the important gains the Greens were able to achieve from of our negotiations with the government. As you are probably aware, our discussions with the government resulted in $100 million being restored to the Solar Flagships Program and a proper consultation process to develop long term policy for large-scale solar power.

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Greens back levy after $100 million win on solar and support for affordable housing, education

The Australian Greens will support the flood levy in the House of Representatives and the Senate after important gains from the Government on their proposed funding cuts.

Greens Leader Bob Brown, Deputy Leader Christine Milne and MP Adam Bandt took their concerns directly to the government and negotiated a good outcome that will release funding for flood recovery and protect key programs.

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Greens back levy after $100 million win on solar and support for affordable housing, education

The Australian Greens will support the flood levy in the House of Representatives and the Senate after important gains from the Government on their proposed funding cuts, Greens Leader Bob Brown, Deputy Leader Christine Milne and MP Adam Bandt said in Canberra today.

“The Greens have taken our concerns directly to the government and have negotiated a good outcome that will release funding for flood recovery and protect key programs,” Senator Brown said.

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