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Superannuation review delivers on Greens negotiations: $30b in clumsy tax concessions needs urgent attention

Australian Greens Acting Leader Christine Milne today welcomed the Government's superannuation review announcement, which delivers on a Greens' proposal, and said $30 billion in tax concessions needed to be dealt with to ensure a fairer outcome.

"As part of the discussions about the mining tax package the Greens had detailed discussions with the Government about the revenue going to superannuation, and the need to review superannuation tax concessions, because significant changes should be made to make the system more equitable," Senator Milne said.

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PM must not trade away our health, our creative voice and our farmers

The Prime Minister must not trade away vital health and social policies in her enthusiasm to cooperate with the US government in Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement talks underway in Hawaii, the Australian Greens said today.

"The United States, which is driving this agenda, is coming back to get what it didn't succeed in getting through the US-Australia free trade agreement," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Greens welcome decision on Super Art

The Australian Greens today welcomed the Gillard government's decision to reject the Cooper Review's recommendation to remove art from Self-Managed Superannuation Funds.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said: "Ensuring that art can still qualify for DIY super investment will help keep the art market and the creative culture in Australia alive and kicking, especially for new and emerging and indigenous artists whose work particularly benefits from this ongoing investment. This is a very welcome decision which has clear tri-partite support."

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Australian Building Industry in trouble after home warranty insurance reform defeated in the Senate

A Greens motion to address the looming crisis in the Australian building industry has been rejected in the Senate.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne said that the government and the opposition are on notice that their failure to address the mess in the building industry created by mandatory home builders warranty insurance will result in builders either going broke or building illegally by the middle of the year.

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Gillard and Garrett can save the VCA by overturning Howard's funding cuts

The Rudd Government should immediately commit to overturning the Howard Government's funding cuts to the Victorian College of the Arts to enable the full range of top quality performance training to continue, the Australian Greens said today.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, wrote to Ministers Gillard and Garrett last night seeking a meeting to discuss options for overturning the Howard Government's funding cuts to the VCA which have led to specialty courses being dropped and fears for the quality of ongoing performance training.

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North West Coast Needs Strategic Planning and Structural Adjustment

Senator Christine Milne has welcomed news of 500 North West paper mill workers keeping their jobs while PaperlinX makes decisions about the company's future. She says the reprieve gives an opportunity to plan for innovative and sustainable employment in the region.

"Today's announcement has at least given the people of the North West a short reprieve, but it is critical that any findings impacting the lives of local workers and their families be made as soon as a decision is made."

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