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Rear vision big-business budget to hit poor and sick hardest

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott's budget has been written for big business and will further divide Australia between the haves and have-nots, especially for sick, young and vulnerable people.

"This is a divisive and brutal budget written in the boardrooms of big business," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"Tony Abbott's rhetoric about sharing the burden is a lie. Big business has been quarantined. Young people, the sick and vulnerable take the biggest hit.

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Abbott needs to do more on paid parental leave

Any Abbott government paid parental leave scheme must be fully funded by big business, the Australian Greens said today.

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne said big questions remained over the funding of the scheme as proposed by Tony Abbott.

"Any scheme needs to be fair, affordable and legislated as a workplace right. The scheme would also need to be fully funded by big business, not budget cuts," Senator Milne said.

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Budget to expose Abbott government’s cruel character

If budgets reveal the true character of a government, as Prime Minister Abbott told an audience last night in Sydney, the Greens say Australians are about to find out how cruel the Abbott government really is.

"A budget is one of the most values-laden documents to hit the parliament each year, and the Abbott government's first budget is going to ask those who need our support to give up what little they have, so that the wealthiest in the country can continue to pollute and maximise their profits," said Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

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Disappointing Federal Budget Fails Tasmania

Tasmanians have been left feeling disappointed and excluded from last night's federal budget, the Australian Greens said today.

"Labor has let Tasmanians down with a budget that slashes university funding and renewable energy investment and fails to care for single parents and the unemployed," Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"This budget misses opportunities to fund research and innovation, support small businesses, strengthen the agriculture sector or invest in Hobart light rail.

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A Weaker, Dumber, Meaner, Australia 2013 Budget: Greens

Mining Tax slumps to $200 million as $1 billion taken from clean energy and the environment and $2.3 billion cut from universities

This is a disappointing Budget that will make Australia weaker, dumber and meaner say the Australian Greens.

Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said this is demonstrated by slashing funding to universities and renewable energy, failing to support single parents and the unemployed and delaying, for the second time, our commitment to increase foreign aid to 0.5 per cent of GNI until 2017.

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Greens Not Supporting Dumb Uni Cuts

The Australian Greens won't be supporting legislation to enable cuts to university scholarships mooted in tonight's budget, Leader Christine Milne announced today.

"For a supposedly clever country, slashing universities is just dumb. We are robbing the future if we allow these cuts to go ahead," Senator Milne said.

"We need to support education from early childhood right through to tertiary level if we're going to move away from the cut-it-down, dig-it-up economic approach.

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