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Greens say big business leaners should pay more, not ordinary Australians

Media Release
Christine Milne 4 Feb 2015

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says a campaign by big business to be released from paying a 1.5% levy is ridiculous while the Liberals push ahead with their cruel cuts to people who can least afford to pay.

"If the Liberals had really listened and turned over a new leaf, they would be raising revenue from the big end of town instead of the poor, the sick and students," said Senator Milne.

"The Liberals should rule out proceeding with a tax cut to big business. They are the leaners in Australia and should pay more. They don't deserve a tax cut. "

"When business gets a tax cut, the community pays; through increases like the GP co-payment, and lost services like childcare and support for families.

"Big business is there to maximise its profits. The government of Australia should be there to advocate for the community, not facilitate those profits for the wealthiest one per cent.

"People are fed up with the big business leaners who give political donations in exchange for massive corporate welfare from governments.

"Regardless of who is leader, the Liberals and Nationals need to dump this tax cut for big business and their cruel budget ploy to take more from the people who can least afford to give it.

"It doesn't matter if it's Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull or Julie Bishop; what they are offering to the Australian people is abhorrent to the overwhelming majority. The sales job isn't the problem, it's what they're selling.

"The Liberals should rule out proceeding with a tax cut to big business or they will get the same feedback given by the people of Victoria and Queensland who have changed their governments."


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