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Come on Labor! Let's have a revenue-raising arms race to address inequality.

The Australian Greens’ Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today challenged Labor to a contest between now and the next election on who can best tackle inequality through the tax system.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “If Labor want to take a Buffet Tax to the election, just as the Greens have, that would be great. I would love to see Labor try to out-Green the Greens.

"Let's see who can come up with the most progressive taxation platform for the next election. Let's have a revenue-raising arms race.

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Statement on legal developments in Tasmanian Salmon Industry

Greens Senator for Tasmania and spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the legal developments in the Tasmanian salmon industry.

 

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Greens warned that this would happen and we were labelled by the Tasmanian Minister in charge as scaremongers out to destroy the industry. Time and time again our warnings have been proved right.

 

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Tax cut Senate push shows Turnbull is out of touch with Australian society

The Greens Treasury spokesperson has criticised Malcolm Turnbull for continuing to push for tax cuts that would drive the budget further into structural deficit, and lead to more cuts to services and support for the less well off.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “When all you have is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail, and that is exactly how the Turnbull Government sees economic policy.

“No matter what problems arise in the economy, the only response the Turnbull Government has is a corporate tax cut.

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Government cannot defend Centrelink debacle

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Treasury spokesperson for the Australian Greens, says the Turnbull Government has significant questions to answer over the bungled mess created by its obsession with demonising Australia’s poorest people.

He said the Australian Greens also support increased resourcing for Centrelink services so that ‘customers’ can be treated with the dignity they deserve.

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Sea Shepherd doing the government's job in the Southern Ocean

Greens spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says that the Australian Government's failure to keep their promise to monitor Japanese whaling activity in the Southern Ocean means a slaughter in the Southern Ocean is immenent this Christmas.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Liberal Government is showing a perverse lack of will in failing to send a patrol boat and protect Australian waters from whaling.

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Greens respond to poor Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook report card

The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook released today highlights the Turnbull Government’s dead-end plan to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable Australians, Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale said.

​“There is one message in this MYEFO for everyday Australians: unless you’re a big corporation or Liberal Party donor, you don’t matter.”

“Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to hand out tax cuts to the wealthiest Australians while wage growth remains stagnant is a slap in the face to ordinary Australians doing it tough.” 

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Morrison needs to end the austerity drive and invest in public infrastructure

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that the quarterly economic figures show that the Government needs to urgently walk away from its austerity drive and to ‘borrow to build’ for productive public infrastructure.

Senator Whish-Wilson, “Scott Morrison’s policy prescription is delivering nothing but bad medicine for the Australian economy.

“The Government’s austerity measures are hurting poorer people and they are actually now harming the wider economy.

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Senate Inquiry tomorrow: Should bank executives go to jail when their banks perpetuate white-collar crimes?

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, will be attending the white-collar crime Senate Inquiry hearing tomorrow in Melbourne [information below] and will be asking criminologists and regulators, “How tough do we have to make penalties to help stop endemic financial misconduct in Australia’s financial system?”

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “In Iceland, they held the bank Chairmen and CEOs responsible for the fraud and market manipulation that was carried out in their name by the bank staff, during the global financial crisis; and they were sent to jail.

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