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Good day for democracy, time to go online: Bandt

Speaking in Parliament Greens MP Adam Bandt has backed a bill that will restore the voting rights of tens of thousands of Australians and criticised the Coalition for continuing to back Howard government restrictions on late enrolments.

Mr Bandt has also said it is time the Australian Electoral Commission looked at online enrolment.

The ban on late enrolments was successfully challenged in the High Court before the last election by the campaign group GetUp.

"This is a good day for democracy in Australia", Greens MP Adam Bandt said today.

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Bandt FOI amendments on broadband pass lower house

Greens MP Adam Bandt has successfully amended the National Broadband Network legislation to allow freedom of information requests to be made of the company running the network.

The amendments passed despite a last minute Opposition attempt to derail the amendments.

"This is a big win for transparency and openness in the rollout of high-speed broadband in Australia," Mr Bandt said today.

"High-speed broadband is crucial to Australia's future and it is essential that its development is subject to high levels of accountability."

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Bandt backs ACTU on executive pay

Greens MP Adam Bandt has backed the ACTU's push to rein in corporate pay saying it was time the government stepped in to regulate excessive corporate salaries.

The ACTU released a report today that found the average CEO receives almost 100 times the pay of an average worker.

"The Greens want to see a 50% marginal tax rate on incomes above $1 million and a cap on executive salary packages of $5 million a year", Mr Bandt said.

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