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Greens call for Labor to block 'Asset Recycling' Bill

Greens Deputy Leader and Finance spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, and Infrastructure Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam, today said that the Greens oppose the Government’s 'Asset Recycling' Bill and urged Labor to join them in blocking the bill.

“Let’s call a spade a spade. This Bill is about bribing State and Territory governments to sell off public assets” said Mr Bandt.

"Disturbingly, there are reports today that Labor may be prepared to pass the government's bill.

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Greens Back COBA’s New Bank Levy Campaign

Deputy Greens Leader and Finance spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today announced that the Greens are backing COBA’s new campaign for a levy on the ‘Big Four’ banks.

“In 2010, just after I was elected, I called for a levy to be introduced on the ‘Big Four’ banks and have campaigned for one ever since,” said Mr Bandt.

“It’s great to see that COBA (Customer Owned Banking Association) has launched a fantastic new campaign saying the same thing.

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Petrol tax reveals Abbott’s new three word slogan: Stuff you, mate

Responding to reports Tony Abbott is planning to make petrol more expensive, Acting Greens Leader, Adam Bandt, said Tony Abbott's refusal to end fuel subsidies for wealthy miners proved the Coalition was siding with big business against everyday Australians.

"Tony Abbott's plan is for people to keep forking out billions each year just so the likes of Gina Rinehart can buy cheap diesel," said Mr Bandt.

"By making people pay more for petrol and GP visits while giving wealthy miners subsidised fuel, Tony Abbott has revealed his new three word slogan: ‘Stuff you, mate'.

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Westpac profits show Abbott should levy banks, not taxpayers: Bandt

“If ‘we’re all in this together’ as Tony Abbott says, he should levy the big four banks instead of whacking citizens in next week’s Budget. The big four can clearly afford it,” said Greens Deputy Leader and Finance spokesperson, Adam Bandt, today.

“The banking sector is in rude financial health, with another ‘big four’ bank posting a strong profit, thanks in large part to taxpayers’ guarantee of its operations.”

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Audit report a kick in the guts for families: Greens

The Australian Greens have today slammed the report from Tony Abbott's Commission of Audit which protects the big end of town while slugging families and low income earners.

"This is a hit on every family in the country, while Gina Rinehart gets off scot-free," said Australian Greens Leader, Christine Milne.

"Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey handpicked commissioners from the big end of town and rigged the terms of reference to ensure that the audit would focus on sweeping cuts to government services. And the commission has delivered precisely the report the government wanted.

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Joe Hockey's assault on Australian way of life

Australians will sleep less easily tonight after Treasurer Joe Hockey's speech on the Commission of Audit.

Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt says Australians can look forward to a more insecure future after the May 13 Budget, courtesy of Tony Abbott.

"Make no mistake, the Australian way of life is under threat like never before," Mr Bandt.

"This is a callous shopping list of cuts to some of the country's most vulnerable people. They will deliver for the Abbott government's mates at the expense of everyday Australians.

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Gina Rinehart: Australia’s welfare queen

Greens Deputy Leader and Finance spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, today said that Tony Abbott should act to end crony capitalism before coming after low-income Australians.  

“If Tony Abbott is serious about ending the ‘the age of entitlement’ he should start with the big end of town before hitting every-day people,” said Mr Bandt. 

“Not content with being subsidised by Australia’s taxpayers, Gina Rinehart has now reportedly secured a $764 million loan from US taxpayers. 

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Greens call for construction-led south-east stimulus package

Victoria, South Australia & NSW need an economic stimulus package to create jobs and transition to a clean economy, Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, said today.

Mr Bandt today released ‘Saving south-east Australia', a fully-funded plan to build 77,500 new houses in south-eastern Australia, fast-track high-speed rail, provide tax relief to small business and manufacturing and boost research and innovation spending.

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