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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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Excise reform will help microbreweries flourish

Reforming the excise treatment of beer from microbreweries, long lobbied for by the Australian real Craft Breweries Association and the Greens, is a good start to supporting the growth of a sustainable industry creating great regional jobs.

The production cap in the definition of microbrewery and the low excise rebate threshold meant that the excise scheme had been crippling the growth of the industry.

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Hockey’s vision for a dog-eat-dog Australia

The Greens will vigorously defend a vision for Australia that sees us properly and fairly support each other and provide universal public health and education against Joe Hockey's vision of a dog-eat-dog world where short term profits are more important than people and planet.

"The big question I've been asking people since becoming Leader of the Greens last week is what kind of country do we want to live in?" Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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