The Senate has this afternoon endorsed a Greens motion that calls on Treasurer Joe Hockey to raise revenue from the big end of town instead of imposing cuts on Australians who can least afford it.
"The Liberals have been running a protection racket for big business, at the expense of the community. That's why their government is failing," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.
"Whatever happens with their leadership in the coming weeks, I just hope the Liberals learn that they can't keep using government to protect tax avoiders at the big end of town.
"There are many budget alternatives, and the motion that passed today is a warning that the majority of the Senate will stand with the Greens against the Liberals' cruel agenda.
"Australians may be stuck with a dud Prime Minister but the Greens will keep fighting to make sure they don't get stuck with dud policies, too."
The motion passed by the Senate today reads:
580 Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne): To move-That the Senate-
(i) the Abbott Government‘s failure to propose and deliver revenue measures that target the big end of town, instead of the sick, the young and the poor, and
(ii) the billions in foregone revenue from corporate tax avoidance in Australia that could be recouped simply by enforcing current laws; and
(b) calls on the Treasurer (Mr Hockey) to do more to crack down on corporate tax avoidance in Australia instead of persisting with cruel budget measures that have been rejected by the Australian people.