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BUDGET 2021: Budget a pre-election gift to Liberals' billionaire mates

Tonight’s Budget is a pre-election sweetener that fails to make billionaires and big corporations pay their fair share of tax, while growing inequality and fast-tracking climate collapse.

While on the surface the budget may appear to do away with the Liberals’ years of austerity politics, it continues the myth that largesse to the super-wealthy will trickle down to everyday people.

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Greens to move in Senate against India travel ban

The Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt, has announced the Greens will move in the Senate next week for the Government to revoke its direction under the Biosecurity Act to ban and put in place criminal penalties on Australians and residents returning home from India.

“The ban is racist, it’s possibly illegal, it’s not based on health advice and it must be rescinded immediately.  The Greens will move in the Senate next week to overturn the ban and we believe it will have widespread support amongst Senators.”

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Greens announce billionaires tax to fund schools, dental, and jobs for all

The Greens will today announce key election policies, including a ‘billionaires tax’ to help fund genuinely free public schools, dental into Medicare and a job for everyone who wants one. 

With the party considering an election in November of this year still a possibility and a minority parliament the most likely outcome, Mr Bandt will push for a tax on billionaires & corporate super profits as part of dealings with a future shared power government.

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Australia has an obligation to refugees who have contracted COVID

Refugees that the Australian Government exiled to Papua New Guinea contracting COVID should prompt their immediate evacuation to Australia, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“For years, Labor and Liberal Governments have deliberately withheld adequate medical treatment from people in their care,” Senator McKim said.

“The refugees who have contracted COVID need to be medevacced to Australia, and all other refugees in PNG need to be brought to Australia to prevent them contracting the illness.”

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Greens reject Online Safety Bill

The Greens will vote against the Online Safety Bill because it is poorly drafted and could lead to widespread, unintended consequences. 

"This Bill would make the eSafety Commissioner the sole arbiter of internet content in Australia ," Greens Digital Rights spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"It creates extraordinary powers for any one person to hold, let alone an unelected bureaucrat."

"It also fails to provide for timely reviews or appeals of decisions made by the eSafety Commissioner."

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Greens grand slam plan to honour Margaret Court

Nick McKim 22 Jan 2021

The Greens have slammed reports that one of Australia’s most high profile racists and bigots will receive an Australia Day honour, calling it a “slap in the face” to all the people harmed by her toxic advocacy.

Lines from Australian Greens acting leader Nick McKim:

“What a disgraceful insult to everyone Margaret Court has harmed by voicing support for apartheid and her decades-long campaign against LGBTIQ+ rights. If these reports are true, Scott Morrison is trying to lock in January 26 as a day of division not celebration.

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Morrison has no power on gas prices - but he could help Australians with energy bills

Nick McKim 22 Jan 2021

The Greens have attacked the Prime Minister’s attempted spin on domestic gas reservation, pointing out that it will have no impact on Australian consumers.

AEMO estimates that gas resources from new basins (such as Narrabri and the Beetaloo) will likely cost between $7.28-$9.87 per GJ to extract. When you consider that gas companies aren’t going to sell at a loss, Scott Morrison’s goal to keep new gas for Australian industry below $6 per GJ is clearly absurd.

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Release of refugees from hotel detention a belated humanitarian step

 

The overdue release of dozens of refugees from immigration detention is a very welcome glimmer of humanity in Australia’s refugee policy, Greens Immigration Spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says.

“These men have been through so much for so long, and for them now to be able to breathe free air is a wonderful step forward for them,” Senator McKim said. 

“There are still over 150 people who suffered through years of offshore detention detained in Australia. They should also be immediately released.”

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