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Scott Morrison’s final budget makes housing more expensive, funds more coal & gas

The Australian Greens have slammed the government’s final budget for making housing more expensive, locking in tax cuts for the wealthy and funding more coal and gas projects rather than acting on the climate crisis.

The Liberals' final budget contains more than $37.6 bn for coal, oil and gas, gives $13bn of public money to property investors, and has no new money to build affordable housing.

The Greens want government invest to build a million affordable homes.

Quotes from Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt MP:

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Fuel excise Budget cut may vanish but housing crisis and student debt will remain

Greens Leader, Adam Bandt MP, says temporary Federal Budget cuts to fuel excise may not even make it to people’s pockets, and that rather than proceeding with Stage 3 tax cuts and temporary excise cuts, the government should tackle major cost of living pressures by building affordable housing and wiping student debt. The Greens have said they will reserve their position on any government fuel excise announcement until the details are released.

Quotes attributable to Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP:

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Billionaires doubling fortunes shows need for Greens’ billionaires tax

Greens Leader, Adam Bandt, says revelations in the Oxfam report that Australian billionaires have doubled their already obscene fortunes gives strength to the Greens’ proposal for a 6% annual tax on billionaires’ wealth.

Over the course of the pandemic, while people endured lockdowns and hardship, billionaires doubled their wealth to $255 billion, equivalent to the wealth of 7.7 million Australians, held by just 47 people.

Greens leader, Adam Bandt MP said:

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Greens plan to clamp down on multinational tax avoidance estimated to net $4.5 billion

Today Greens leader Adam Bandt will address the final Greens National Conference of the year announcing a major pillar of the Greens’ Tax the Billionaires election campaign: the plan to End Multinational Tax Avoidance by clamping down on tax exploits and improving the transparency of company and ATO reporting.

The Parliamentary Budget Office has indicated the policy would claw back around $4.5 billion for the public purse.

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Lib & Labor voted against Greens push to close ‘Pandora Papers’ loophole

The ‘Pandora papers’ disclosed today reveal that Australia is a weak link in the fight against international tax avoidance, with accounting firms and real estate agents excluded from having to report to financial regulators over many suspicious transactions, giving these Australian firms a competitive advantage when orchestrating money laundering schemes for the super-rich.

Australia is one of only six countries in the world where accountants, lawyers and real estate agents are not required to report under anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.

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Amid record corporate super-profits, Greens announce new Tycoon Tax to raise $338 billion for public good

The Greens have today announced they will push for a new 40% corporate super-profits tax on the excess profits made by big corporations, including mining corporations, in the balance of power after the next election.

The Greens’ push for a ‘tycoon tax’ follows the announcement this week of record super-profits across retail and mining sectors, and National Account figures showing the profit share of national income at the highest (30.3%) since records began, eclipsing last year’s new record1.

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Labor’s sell-out of the century: Tax cuts to hurt women and workers, ALP picks property investors over first home buyers

The Greens have labelled it ‘Labor’s great leap rightwards’ as the ALP drops progressive policies like negative gearing and public dental while moving to support the Liberal’s radical right-wing flat tax policy. 

New costings by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office revealed this week show an incredible gender and income bias in the benefit of proposed stage 3 tax cuts (full tables below):

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