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Super concessions policy ready now: $10 billion from Greens

An independent costing requested by the Australian Greens and prepared by the Parliamentary Budget Office shows reducing superannuation tax concessions for the most wealthy would raise $10.16 billion dollars over four years.

"Government advisers have suggested it in the tax white paper, Labor says they'll support it and the Greens have got a costed policy that's ready to go. This would remove a tax haven and reduce the wealth gap between rich and poor, which would be a really great thing for Australians," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Abbott government needs new policies, not new enforcers

Christine Milne 21 Dec 2014

Greens Leader Christine Milne says Tony Abbott's frontbench reshuffle won't matter much to everyday Australians who are still being threatened with the same cruel budget measures.

"The faces have changed, but not the policies. This government is too arrogant to accept its cruel agenda has been rejected by the community and the Senate," said Senator Milne.

"If the Prime Minister doesn't listen to people and change his policies, he's going to find that people will change the Prime Minister.

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175 agencies to be axed? Warped budget priorities set to continue in MYEFO

Greens Leader Christine Milne says reports the Abbott government will target 175 government agencies for abolition is a warning sign that the cruel and warped priorities from the May budget are set to continue in the government's Mid Year Economic Forecast.

"Instead of raising revenue from the big end of town, the Abbott government seem set to continue its slash and burn agenda against the public service, the unemployed, students and the sick," Senator Milne said.

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Senate to investigate Luxembourg profit shifting

-Greens will push for directors of low tax paying companies to give personal evidence direct to Parliament
-Corporate tax avoiders in Australia are the real ‘leaners,' Abbott government budget priorities are unethical

Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Senate inquiry she initiated to investigate corporate tax avoidance will examine new evidence of widespread and shocking profit shifting to tax haven Luxembourg.

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Greens say G20 ploy will wedge PM Abbott, not Senate

Greens Leader Christine Milne says Prime Minister Abbott is setting Australia up to fail in the eyes of the G20, by ignoring global warming and playing domestic politics on the international stage.

"Tony Abbott is promising the G20 he'll deliver on some of his cruel budget cuts that have already been denounced by the Senate and the community as unacceptable," said Senator Milne

"Using the G20 to wedge the Senate is another crash or crash through tactic, but it's going to backfire on the Abbott government.

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Tasmanian cancer patients missing out

Christine Milne 3 Nov 2014

A Senate inquiry in Hobart today has heard that a critical cancer treatment diagnostic machine is in mothballs despite high cancer rates in the state, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"After years of campaigning for a PET scanner for Tasmania we ended up with two based in Hobart, and now one is not being used," said Senator Milne.

"Cancer specialist Dr Rob Ware told the inquiry the decision to put a second machine in Hobart was a shocking waste and had deprived people of care.

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Greens welcome pledge to enhance Parliamentary Budget Office

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne welcomes today's commitment from Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen that a Labor government would enhance the role of the independent Parliamentary Budget Office.

"The Greens set up the PBO in our agreement with the former government and it has already improved accountability and transparency when it comes to promises made by all political parties," said Senator Milne.

"Just last month the Greens made an inquiry submission calling for greater powers for the PBO and greater transparency.

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Greens Leader to states: Don’t fall for PM Abbott’s GST ploy

Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Abbott government is attempting to trick the states into talking about the GST, to distract from his brutal budget and the opportunities that still exist to raise revenue from his big business mates.

"My message to the states is: don't fall for Tony Abbott's GST ploy. The Prime Minister is trying to fool you and distract the community from his cruel budget cuts," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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