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The impact of negative gearing on the housing market

Christine Milne 10 Feb 2012

Senator Milne asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 1 November 2011:

In regard to the debate on impact of negative gearing on the housing market at the recent Tax Forum:

(1) Did the temporary suspension of negative gearing during the Keating Government lead to an increase in rents across the country.

90 No. 60-1 November 2011

(2) What proportion of negatively geared properties are newly constructed rather than existing properties.

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Senator Milne 2nd Reading Speech on ARENA bill

Senator MILNE (Tasmania-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (12:01): I rise today to support the legislation to set up the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. This is something that I announced on 8 July 2011 as a result of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee negotiations. It is something that the Greens have long argued for and I am delighted that we are now seeing the legislation that will set up ARENA. It will be a statutory authority with an independent board.

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Senator Milne's 2nd Reading speech on the Clean Energy Future bills

Senator MILNE (Tasmania-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (11:44): I rise today on what is an historic day in the Australian parliament in the Senate. This is the day when the Senate will begin to consider the clean energy package and will start delivering on real action on climate change in Australia as these bills pass. It is an historic day in Australia and globally because it is the day on which the seven-billionth is expected to join us on the planet. We live on a finite planet and the non-renewable resources of the earth are under huge pressure.

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Christine Milne's first Senate speech on carbon price bills

Senator MILNE (Tasmania-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (10:23): We have just heard '10 times this' and '10 times that'. I think what we just heard was 10 times the ignorance of what we normally find from the coalition when it comes to a discussion of climate change and how to appropriately act upon it. I preface my remarks with the fact that the science is just becoming very clear that this year we are going to have an even greater record of ice melt in the Arctic.

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Milne on apple imports from New Zealand

Senator MILNE» (Tasmania-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (18:02): I rise to take note of the ministerial statement tabled in relation to the import of New Zealand apples, in particular the risk of fire blight. This parliament has considered this issue for many years. It has been before rural and regional committees many times and we have spoken to people in the department very often on this subject. The fact of the matter is that several years ago officials before our committee accepted that fire blight would come to Australia. That was accepted-it will come here.

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