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Greens will defend penalty rates

The Australian Greens today reaffirmed their support for penalty rates and pledged to oppose any changes from a future Abbott government.

Greens Deputy Leader and industrial relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt, said the Greens were a vital line of defence against any Abbott-led attacks on people's rights at work.

"As the Greens have repeatedly said, penalty rates are a recognition of the unsociable hours that many people work," said Mr Bandt.

"Many people, especially young workers, rely on penalty rates to earn a living wage," Mr Bandt concluded.

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Cutting red tape is one thing, cutting taxes for small business is another

Australian Greens spokesperson for small business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has responded to Kevin Rudd's small business announcements by calling on him to back the Greens' plan to cut their taxes by 2%.

"Cutting red tape by reducing the GST compliance burden for small business is worthy of discussion and the Greens will consider supporting these moves," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

"However, what Australia's small businesses need is a boost to their bottom line and that's why I'm calling on Kevin Rudd to back the Greens plan to cut their tax rate by 2%.

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Greens $3M plan to grow Tasmania’s world class reputation for premium products

While everyone now recognises the importance of Tasmania's ‘brand' the Greens were the first political party to recognise the importance of Tasmania's clean, green image as our competitive advantage. Well marketed identifiable products, adhering to ethical, health and environmental standards will command price premiums and continue to grow Tasmania's world class reputation.

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Abbott's divisive "mega-project" focus exposes lack of vision for Tasmanian economy

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Greens spokesperson for small business, said Tony Abbott's offensive statements in Launceston today exposed his lack of vision for Tasmanian small business, the engine room of our State economy.

"Tony Abbott claimed today he has a 'special focus' on the Tasmanian economy but what his statements really show is that he has no vision for the small business sector that is the backbone of this state," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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Abbott’s promises cover up risks to Tasmanian economy

Today Senator Peter Whish-Wilson responded to Tony Abbott's promises on jobs by calling on him to come clean on what the Coalition plans really mean for Tasmania.

"He's apparently here to talk about jobs but what he is covering up is a Coalition jobs and wealth destruction plan.

"How many Tasmanian public servants will lose their jobs under an Abbott government?

"If he scraps the Clean Energy Package, how will he replace the $70m per annum boost from Hydro Tasmania used to help pay for healthcare, education and policing in this state?

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Standing up for small business: full package

Small businesses play a vital role in the economy, providing jobs to almost half the workforce and they are part of the community in a way big business can never be. The Greens know the burden and risk that many people take on when they establish a business.

The old parties take the small business sector for granted, while their policies invariably promote the interests of big business and their lobbyists.

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Standing up for small business: lower taxes

The Australian Greens understand the pressure that small businesses are feeling. We also recognise that a healthy small business sector means a strong Australian economy. They play a vital role in the economy, providing jobs to almost half the workforce. Small businesses are also part of the community in a way big business can never be.

The old parties take the small business sector for granted, while their policies invariably promote the interests of big business and their lobbyists.

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Greens’ tax cut to help over 10,000 small businesses in Tasmania

Australian Greens spokesperson for small business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says the Greens' fully costed 2% tax cut to small businesses would support the companies that really need it in Tasmania. Small businesses employ 106,000 Tasmanians, almost half the island's labour force.

"The Greens are standing up for the small business sector which is vital for employment in Tasmania," Senator Whish-Wilson said.

"Supporting small businesses in Tasmania, with a full 2% tax cut, would help to ease the pressure they're under.

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Greens taking action to tackle supermarket power in Australia

Australian Greens spokesperson for competition and small business, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, announced the Greens' plan to tackle big supermarket dominance ahead of today's public symposium on Supermarket Power in Australia sponsored by Monash University and the Melbourne University Law School.

"Our plan tackles the supermarket duopoly nationally, ensures fair competition for farmers and small business, and reforms competition policy so it serves the interests of the Tasmanian community, not just big business," Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

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