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Economists agree with Greens: fix mining tax flaws and increase revenue

Economists Ross Garnaut and John Quiggin have agreed with the Greens that the mining tax has significant flaws during a Senate Inquiry hearing into the mining tax in Melbourne today, the Australian Greens said.

"Professor Garnaut referred to the Gillard Government's generous depreciation provisions for Australia's most established and profitable mines which allows these mining companies to pay very little tax," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said today.

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Greens congratulate James Price Point campaigners

Greens Leader Christine Milne congratulated campaigners around Australia who forced Woodside to reconsider its gas hub at James Price Point.

"I congratulate all the campaigners in the Kimberley and around the country, and especially Chris Maher, Greens candidate for the Kimberley, West Australian MLC Robin Chapple and our Federal Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam on the outstanding leadership they've contributed to this campaign," Christine Milne said.

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Greens: End $13 billion fossil fuel subsidies for big mining companies

The Australian Greens have released new costings by the Parliamentary Budget Office that show that Labor's spending on fossil fuel subsidies for wealthy mining companies will cost Australian taxpayers more than $13 billion over the next four years.

"Why is the Gillard Government planning to hand over $13 billion in taxpayer's money to big miners like Gina Rinehart, Twiggy Forrest and Clive Palmer while they take up to $100 a week from the pockets of single parents? This makes absolutely no sense," Senator Christine Milne said.

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Greens welcome Federal Court challenge to Minister Burke’s mining approval for the Tarkine

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne has welcomed today's move by the Tarkine National Coalition to lodge a case in the Federal Court seeking a judicial review of Minister Burke's decision to grant environmental approval for the Shree Minerals proposed mine in the Tarkine.

"We support the Tarkine National Coalition's (TNC) concerns that Minister Burke has erred in law, and back its decision to challenge the approval of the mine because of the impacts on the Tasmanian devil, a Commonwealth listed endangered species," Christine Milne said.

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Greens committed to fixing mining tax

The Australian Greens will be asking the mining tax inquiry today to get to the bottom of how Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan and Martin Ferguson designed a tax that failed to raise the billions of dollars it was projected to.

"It is clear the backroom deal between Labor and the mining companies was focused on appearance not substance," Senator Christine Milne said.

"The mining companies had to wear a back down on a tax they knew they'd never have to pay and the government wore the 'successful negotiations' knowing the dollars would never flow.

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Ferguson’s resignation offers a new start on fixing the mining tax and embracing the renewable energy age

 Martin Ferguson's departure should be good news for James Price Point, the Barrier Reef and renewable energy.

 Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has welcomed Martin Ferguson's decision to resign from cabinet.

 "The fossil fuel industry has never had a greater advocate in the federal cabinet than Martin Ferguson." Christine Milne said.

 "His departure offers Labor the opportunity to embrace the renewable energy age and fix the mining tax.

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