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Peter on the Turnbull Government

Senator WHISH-WILSON

It never ceases to amaze me that the ultraconservatives like Senator Bernardi are fairly happy to talk to us about the role of government. They do not see any role for government in our lives except when it comes to social issues that you rely on the government to step in and regulate, such as same-sex marriage and other issues.

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Senate puts ice on government’s ideological super attack

Adam Bandt 2 Dec 2015

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP welcomed the crossbench Senators putting the ice on the government’s ideological attack on super through their Superannuation Trustees Governance legislation.

“The banks are coming for people’s super and the government is helping them,” Mr Bandt said.

“The government is being driven by ideology, not evidence.”

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Greens will fight Government attempt to aid corporate tax avoidance

The Australian Greens say Malcolm Turnbull has exposed his true colours by rejecting an Australian Greens amendment that would have increased transparency in corporate tax avoidance.

"Malcolm Turnbull wants to push ahead with cuts to family support and a higher GST but he's not willing to crack down on corporate tax avoidance," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"The whole game is up. The Turnbull Government has shown today that it will protect the big end of town and slug ordinary people. Tax reform should start at the top, not at the bottom.

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Big banks winners from government Financial System Inquiry response: Greens

The Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt and Finance spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson today said that the big banks are the big winners from the government’s response to the Financial System Inquiry. The Greens said they will seek to ensure any measures to limit credit card fees also apply to ATM fees and called for stronger action to prevent future financial advice scandals.

“The big banks seem to be the winners from the government’s response to the Financial Systems Inquiry,” Mr Bandt said.

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Ten uses for the Liberal's budget propaganda leaflets

Despite the Prime Minister promising that there will not be a taxpayer-funded advertising campaign, it is apparent that the Federal Liberal MPs will be bombarding Tasmanian letterboxes with their budget propaganda. Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, the Greens Senator for Tasmania, offers the following suggestions on how Tasmanians can best make use of this material.

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Budget cuts outsource the investigation of white collar crime to the community

Greens spokesperson for Small Business, Consumer Affairs and Competition Policy, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson comments on statements by the Chairman of ASIC, Greg Medcraft that ASIC will have to rely on more whistle-blowers to come forward to remain effective with their massive budget cuts.

Senator Whish-Wilson says, “Only 7 years after the global financial crisis this government's ideological pursuit of deregulation knows no bounds.

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No new Landcare grants a blow for Tasmanian community groups

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has expressed his disappointment and concern that no new Landcare grants will be available for community groups over the next four years. Last night in Senate Estimates under questioning from Greens spokesperson for Agriculture Senator Rachel Siewert, Department of Agriculture officials confirmed that there is no money for new Landcare grants between now and 2018.

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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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