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Abbott government needs new policies, not new enforcers

Media Release
Christine Milne 21 Dec 2014

Greens Leader Christine Milne says Tony Abbott's frontbench reshuffle won't matter much to everyday Australians who are still being threatened with the same cruel budget measures.

"The faces have changed, but not the policies. This government is too arrogant to accept its cruel agenda has been rejected by the community and the Senate," said Senator Milne.

"If the Prime Minister doesn't listen to people and change his policies, he's going to find that people will change the Prime Minister.

"Tony Abbott seems to think that all he has to do is try some extra stand-over tactics in the economic portfolio and he's going to somehow flog the Senate into submission. Well, it's not going to work.

"The Greens are standing there saying we don't support what you're doing, not because of the individuals who are doing it, but because we do not agree with a government determined to govern for the big end of town.

"Putting Scott Morrison in charge of social services will send shivers down the spines of people across the country. Scott Morrison and the word compassion don't go in the same sentence.

"Everyone's seen what he did to families in the immigration portfolio; imagine what he's going to do in social services.

"Tony Abbott has been forced to add the word 'science' to his Industry Minister's business card, and forced into bringing another woman into cabinet, and I'm pleased that he has but it's too little, too late.

"This is the government that has rejected climate change science and isolated Australia from the rest of the world. This is the government that has cut hundreds of jobs at the CSIRO and pulled billions of dollars out of scientific research.

"If Tony Abbott is serious about addressing gender inequality in his government, how about handing over his title as the Minister for Women.

"Nothing about this reshuffle today changes the fundamental policies. You've still got the cigar-smoking Treasurer and Finance Minister, and you've still got their commitment to go after the most disadvantaged in our community," said Senator Milne.

"Tony Abbott has made it clear that he'll continue with his crash or crash through strategy. He has learnt nothing and will continue to crash as long as his government, with or without the new faces, keeps making life harder for people and keeps letting the big end of town get off scot free."

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