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Greens launch debt-led economic recovery plan including a jobs and income guarantee and massive green investment

Young people will be guaranteed a job, secure income, and free education under a new Greens recovery plan to restart the economy and build ‘a better normal’ after the coronavirus economic shock.

The vision for a debt-financed recovery reaffirms the government’s role in responding to the crisis, and rejects the austerity approaches offered by the Liberal and Labor parties, charting a course for a government-led recovery that extends Australia’s world-class social services, instead of slashing funding for education, healthcare, and the environment.

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Labor puts the poor last with promises on debt and tax cuts but nothing on Newstart

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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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Government cannot defend Centrelink debacle

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Treasury spokesperson for the Australian Greens, says the Turnbull Government has significant questions to answer over the bungled mess created by its obsession with demonising Australia’s poorest people.

He said the Australian Greens also support increased resourcing for Centrelink services so that ‘customers’ can be treated with the dignity they deserve.

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Talk is Cheap When it Comes to Newstart


Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said it was disappointing  Tasmanian Labor MPs who have made recent public statements about helping single parents and people on Newstart today failed to show similar support on the floor of Parliament.

MPs today voted on a motion moved by Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services, calling on the Government to reverse parenting payment cuts which took effect in January.

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Australian Greens Continue to Provide a Voice for Those Impacted Under Mean-Spirited Newstart ‘Reforms.’




The Australian Greens today received a collection of gestures of hope in the form of love hearts from the Single Parents Action Group, SPAG, outside of the Tasmanian Parliament.

 Senator Whish-Wilson said the issue of the Government’s so-called ‘reforms’ to the Single Parent Allowance and Newstart had struck a nerve in Tasmania.

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Australian Greens Welcome NDIS Inquiry to Hobart


The Australian Greens have spoken about the importance of a NDIS, as hearings for the scheme's legislation take place in Hobart today.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme legislation will provide essential support and assistance for Australians living with a disability and give individuals greater capacity to have control over the choice of care and support they receive. It is important, transformative reform.

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Australian Greens Remain Committed to Fighting Un-just Newstart Changes

 Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is continuing the Australian Greens campaign to reverse recent changes to the Newstart and Single Parent payments today through handing out fliers outside the Glenorchy Centrelink in conjunction with the Tasmanian Young Greens and Single Parents Action Group, SPAG.

More than 5000 fliers will be dropped across Tasmania today and during the coming days.

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Government Needs to Reverse Mean-Spirited Changes to Parenting Allowance.


 Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has continued the Australian Greens Newstart campaign, throwing his support behind a local group, ‘SPAG’ (Single Parents Action Group) who oppose recent changes to eligibility for the Single Parent Payment.

“It’s good to see a grass-roots community campaign now developing which expresses the frustration of so many less fortunate Australians.

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