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Liberal & Labor put millionaires before the million unemployed with deal to pass tax cuts

Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt & Economic Justice Spokesperson Nick McKim have today slammed a deal between the Labor and Liberal parties to ram through tens of billions of dollars in tax cuts and corporate welfare.

Liberal & Labor also opposed Greens amendments that would have excluded millionaires from the tax cuts, and ensured goods purchased with company tax credits were made in Australia.

“Liberal and Labor have put the millionaires ahead of the million unemployed,” said Mr Bandt.

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Budget Media Release: Senate must block trickle-down tax cuts that deliver for millionaires while leaving millions behind

The Greens are calling on Labor and the crossbench to block key elements of a terrible trickle-down Budget that spends big but spends badly, said Greens Leader, Adam Bandt MP, and Treasury spokesperson, Nick McKim.
 
The Greens said the Budget fails to invest in a green recovery to tackle the climate crisis, grow new industries and create jobs. The budget gives young people the finger and actively engineers a worse world for our children.
 

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Lending changes are foie gras for banking

Greens Economic Justice spokesperson, Senator Nick McKim, responded to reports today that the government will loosen lending standards and relieve the banks of responsibility for determining a customer’s loan capacity to service a loan.

“Today’s announcement shows exactly where this government’s allegiances lie," Senator McKim said.

“The day after Westpac received the largest corporate penalty in Australian history, the government is changing the rules to benefit the banks."

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Chocolate money in the pork barrel leaves a bad taste for Tasmania

The cynical rebranding of old money is a transparent electoral ploy by a government desperate to hang on to its marginal Tasmanian seats, Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

“The majority of this funding was Tasmanian Forestry Agreement money that has now twice been promised to the state by the Liberals in election campaigns,” Senator McKim said.

“This money is long overdue, and not nearly enough to make up for the chronic underinvestment by the Liberals, especially in health and education.”

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Polling shows Tasmanians don’t want an increased GST

Polling of Tasmanians showing an overwhelming rejection of a higher GST should send a clear message to the Liberal Federal and State governments, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim says.

Polling done for The Australia Institute found 60 per cent of Tasmanians opposed raising the GST from 10 to 15 per cent, with only 26 per cent supporting the idea.

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