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OECD calls for action on infrastructure and housing

23 Sep 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, commented today on the release of the OECD’s Interim Economic Outlook.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The OECD has joined the chorus of voices urging governments to invest more in infrastructure.

“The OECD has clearly said that debt funding of productive and transformative infrastructure is more likely to improve economic conditions than weaken them, and the failure of governments to take advantage of record low interest rates is creating a ‘self-fulfilling low-growth trap’.


Treasury shafts younger people and future generations by wilfully ignoring climate change and housing in Corporate Plan

22 Sep 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has today strongly criticised the Treasury Secretary John Fraser for seemingly ignoring two of the biggest issues facing Australia today, climate change and the housing crisis, when pulling together the Treasury Corporate Plan.


Greens call on Morrison and Joyce to come to Tasmania to face the music on the backpacker tax

21 Sep 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson and Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, says that Barnaby Joyce and Scott Morrison need to take responsibility for the backpacker tax mess and come to Tasmania immediately to see first-hand the impact this tax will have on the Tasmanian economy.

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Greens disappointed with Super reforms cave-in

15 Sep 2016

Greens spokesperson for Treasury, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says the Government has missed an opportunity to pursue substantial reform and raise significant revenue from its proposed superannuation package.

“Today the Government caved in on the substantial reforms needed to address the perversities in the superannuation system that allow the wealthy to use their superannuation as a tax haven. 



Meanwhile in the Federation Chamber, Labor backs government on tax cuts for top income earners

15 Sep 2016

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says the Australia Greens will oppose the Treasury Laws Amendment (Income Tax Relief) Bill being debated in the Federation Chamber of the House of Representatives today.


Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Today in the Federation Chamber, you will see the Labor, Liberal and National Parties voting to pass a Bill that will cut taxes for the top 20% of income earners, whilst in the Senate they will be voting to pass the Omnibus Bill that will slash clean energy funding.


Greens establish Senate Inquiry into the impact of climate change on fisheries and our oceans

14 Sep 2016

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has welcomed the support of the Senate in agreeing to establish an Inquiry into the impact of climate change on our fisheries and on marine biodiversity.

“The nation has been shocked by the now annual bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef from heating oceans. What everyone may not be aware of is that global warming is driving dramatic changes throughout Australia’s marine estate and this is having enormous impacts.

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