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ScoMo should bring forward the account portability measures to stick it to the big banks

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on Scott Morrison to bring forward the account portability measures in the budget, to make it harder for the big banks to pass on costs to customers.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Greens took full bank account portability as a policy to the 2016 election. Bringing this in would allow customers to change bank accounts with a couple of mouse clicks.

“If we brought forward bank account portability, then the first bank to put up fees would be faced with an immediate exodus of customers.

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Labor’s Buffett-lite raises less than 4% of what a proper Buffett Rule would

Greens Treasury Spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has called upon Labor to stop fiddling at the edges with top-end tax rorts and adopt a proper Buffett rule to get serious about addressing inequality.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “What Labor proposed last night was the version of the Buffett Rule you adopt when Chris Bowen won’t let you have a Buffett Rule. A proper Buffett Rule would raise nearly $39 billion over the medium term, not a measly $1.3 billion.

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Buffett Tax, deficit levy and undoing top-end tax cuts a fairer way to raise revenue

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on the Parliament to implement a Buffett Rule to make sure that executive fat cats don’t rort the tax rules so they pay less than the average wage earner.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “If we were to make the deficit levy permanent and were to undo the $315 tax cut to the top 20% of income earners we would have a much more progressive income tax system and raise almost three-quarters of the amount that a flat increase to the Medicare Levy would raise.

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Comments on Budget 2017

“If you’re under the age of 35, you’ve been screwed over in this budget - whether it’s the gouging of higher education, the lack of action on climate change or the refusal to tackle housing affordability,” Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale said.

“It’s clear that the Government finally understands you can’t just keep cutting spending without raising revenue. But this is a budget with no vision or direction for the country. It isn’t a roadmap for the future, it’s a highway to nowhere,” Dr Di Natale said. 

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Where is Federal Environment Minister in the Macquarie Harbour Mess?

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on the federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, to break his silence on Macquarie Harbour and to publicly release the audit report sitting on his desk.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said, “Is it too much to ask to have a federal Environment Minister who actually wants to protect the environment? There is ongoing damage to the World Heritage Area in Macquarie Harbour from overstocking of fish farms and the Minister has remained silent.

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Federal Government should release Macquarie Harbour audit details so public doesn't rely on Tassal spin

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson responds to the media blitz from Tassal today about the health of Macquarie Harbour.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said,  “It is ironic the ‘good news’ released by Tassal today on the supposed ‘rapid recovery’  of Macquarie Harbour, based on its own internal research, comes just days before the release of the second IMAS report into environmental conditions in Macquarie Harbour.

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House prices skyrocket since Cabinet rejected capital gains tax reforms

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Submissions for the Threat Abatement Plan for Marine Debris needed

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