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Tarkine trashed in cynical pre-Christmas dump

In take-out-the-trash week, Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has today announced the first step in the trashing of the world renowned Tarkine wilderness.

"We can now expect Minister Burke to approve several more mines, and excise their footprint from any Heritage listing, once again putting short term profits ahead of the long-term interests of the Tarkine and the communities who depend on it," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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GST review confirms Greens’ call for plugging MRRT loophole

The release of the GST Distribution Report backs the Greens' call for the Federal Government to stop reimbursing profitable mining companies for any royalty hikes.

"The Greens want to fund Gonski, we want to fund dental health care and better disability support. Unlike the other parties we have been putting constructive revenue raising policies on the table, and one of them has been to plug this loophole in the mining tax." Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne said.

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Cross-bench joins Greens to plug hole in mining tax

Greens Leader, Christine Milne, and Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt, have welcomed the support of lower house cross-benchers for a Greens bill to plug the royalties hole in the MRRT.

Following Senator Milne's introduction of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Protecting Revenue) Bill 2012 into the Senate, Mr Bandt today gave notice he will introduce the bill into the house.

The bill will ensure the Commonwealth loses no revenue when State governments raise royalties and will generate $2.2bn in revenue over the next 3 years.

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