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Cost of fast-tracking tax cuts could fund $225b of recovery investment instead, new PBO costings reveal

As calls grow for a $220b infrastructure spend to tackle the recession, new costings completed by the Parliamentary Budget Office, at the request of the Australian Greens, have revealed that the Government could fund $225 billion in job-rich major infrastructure projects for the same cost to the Budget of bringing forward round 2 of planned personal income tax cuts.

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Public ownership of Qantas International should be on the table: Bandt

It is time to talk about bringing Qantas International into public ownership as part of any further assistance package, Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP said today, urging the government to step in. Mr Bandt said the Greens supported calls for the extension of JobKeeper, but that government needed to do more.

"With one in five workers now gone at Qantas, tens of thousands of workers are now at risk of unemployment unless the government steps in to help," Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP said today.

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Greens & community force Labor East-West shift

Greens Deputy Leader and Melbourne MP Adam Bandt, and Transport spokesperson, Victorian Senator Janet Rice, hailed the success of the campaign against the East-West project in forcing Labor to change its position.

"Labor has finally succumbed to pressure from the Greens and the community by moving to rip-up the East-West tollway contracts, but there are some worrying strings attached to this latest plan," Mr Bandt said.

"Victorian Labor is clearly feeling the heat in inner-Melbourne.

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Greens to test gov mettle on high speed rail

Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt, says the government needs to do more than talk to possible foreign investors to show its commitment to high speed rail.

The Greens will move a motion to test the government's support for action on high speed rail when Parliament resumes next week.

"All we have had from Labor and now the Coalition is talk on high speed rail, but what we need is action," said Mr Bandt.

"The first step in getting high speed rail on track is a clear commitment to move ahead, something both the old parties have refused to do."

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Tony Abbott refuses to provide East-West business case to Parliament

The Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt MP, today condemned Tony Abbott for treating the Commonwealth Parliament and Victorian taxpayers with contempt over the East-West toll road in Melbourne.

“The Senate required the Abbott Government provide it with the full business case for the East-West toll road by July 7. Tony Abbott’s refusal shows contempt for the public, who have a right to know the dodgy numbers behind the toll road,” said Mr Bandt.

“Tony Abbott is treating Victorians with utter contempt by refusing to release the East-West toll road business case.

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Only Greens Can Save Melbourne From East-West Disaster: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP condemned the decision of State Planning Minister, Matthew Guy MP, to spend billions on the flawed East-West tollway.

"Public transport will be the first casualty of Minister Guy's go-ahead for East-West, as the tollway will be a disastrous drain on the public purse,” said Mr Bandt.

“Given Labor will build the tollway as long as the Liberals sign the contracts first, the only thing that can stop it is voting Greens at the Victorian election in November."

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