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RIP Barnaby's backpacker tax

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, announces the Greens position on the Government’s backpacker tax Bill.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “The Greens want backpackers to be taxed at the same rate as residents. However, we will support the cross-bench amendment to reduce the government’s 19% rate to 10.5%. With the Greens and Labor support of this amendment, the Bill will likely return to the House at a lower rate and the Government has said they will kill it.

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Government’s problems with the backpacker tax are all of its own making

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following response to the government’s increasingly desperate attempts to save itself from self-imposed humiliation on its backpacker tax.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The spree of media releases from the government and agencies yesterday shows that they are making it up as they go along with the backpacker tax; desperately trying to shift the blame to anyone but themselves over the farce that they created.

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Industry Super calls for more government infrastructure investment in alignment with Greens policy

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Industry Super funds should be commended for their long-term investment strategy that sees them more willing to invest in nation-building infrastructure than other super funds.

"The Greens were the only party that took a costed infrastructure policy to the election that took advantage of the low cost of borrowing to significantly increase our nation's infrastructure investment.

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Greens' comments on new standards for financial advisers

The Greens spokesperson for Treasury and Consumer Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the new standards for financial advisers.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Greens have always advocated for a mandatory code of conduct for this industry, including a US-style system for advisor examinations, namely the Series 7 and 63 exams. Evidence suggests voluntary codes just don't cut the mustard.

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Turnbull putting cart before horse on banking tribunal

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the Turnbull Government’s parliamentary committee probe into banking conduct and a possible banking tribunal.

“Following this week’s dog and pony show with bank CEOs, today’s move for a banking tribunal is just another distraction from the need for an independent “deep dive” review of our banking system, its regulations and the laws governing white collar crime, compensation, penalties and liquidation proceedings.

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Liberals congratulate themselves on removing our fruit growers' competitive advantage

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has heavily criticised the Federal Government for continuing to put forward a new tax on backpackers despite the clear impact it will have on growers and the tourism industry.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Scott Morrison is selling rotten eggs to farmers and calling it pavlova. And all the while he wants praise for doing it.

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