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Greens call for a MYEFO that puts people and nature first

With the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook due soon, the Greens urge the government to consider seriously its sensible proposals to raise government revenue, and abandon its ludicrous schemes to cut welfare to the most vulnerable, and slash public and community service jobs.

ACOSS's report released today shows an alarming number of Australians, and especially children, living in poverty. This is unacceptable for a nation as wealthy as ours.

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A fairer super spells $10 billion extra in Government revenue

In line with the recommendations of the Henry tax review, the Australian Greens have put forward a revenue raising proposal to reform superannuation tax and make it fairer for people on low-incomes.

Instead of charging a flat tax rate which unfairly disadvantages low-income earners, we propose a system of taxing contributions as a discount to marginal tax rates. Our treasury costed policy of spreading superannuation taxing contributions as a discount to marginal tax rates would raise$2.9 billion a year, and more than $10 billion over four years, the Australian Greens said today.

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Parliamentary Budget Officer: another great reform from minority government

The Australian Greens today welcome the appointment of Mr Philip Bowen to establish the Parliamentary Budget Office, a Greens reform to deliver greater transparency and accountability for Australia’s democracy.

“I welcome Mr Bowen’s appointment to be the first Parliamentary Budget Officer, and look forward to the established Office providing greater oversight and public scrutiny of financial promises and costings from all parties at election time,” Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Tea Party Tony’s debt ceiling disaster

The Opposition's economically reckless attempt to block lifting Australia's debt ceiling to levels that would still be amongst the lowest in the world demonstrate that Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey and Andrew Robb cannot be trusted with Australia's economy, the Greens said today.

"Blocking lifting the debt ceiling risks a devastating impact on the Australian economy, leading to massive disruption for millions of people, for absolutely no reason," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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