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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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Greens call on Morrison and Joyce to come to Tasmania to face the music on the backpacker tax

Greens Treasury spokesperson and Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, says that Barnaby Joyce and Scott Morrison need to take responsibility for the backpacker tax mess and come to Tasmania immediately to see first-hand the impact this tax will have on the Tasmanian economy.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "This Government has made it clear its priority for this 45th parliament is so called 'deficit repair,' not the needs of small Tasmanian agricultural businesses.

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Greens disappointed with Super reforms cave-in

Greens spokesperson for Treasury, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says the Government has missed an opportunity to pursue substantial reform and raise significant revenue from its proposed superannuation package.

“Today the Government caved in on the substantial reforms needed to address the perversities in the superannuation system that allow the wealthy to use their superannuation as a tax haven. 

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Meanwhile in the Federation Chamber, Labor backs government on tax cuts for top income earners

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says the Australia Greens will oppose the Treasury Laws Amendment (Income Tax Relief) Bill being debated in the Federation Chamber of the House of Representatives today.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Today in the Federation Chamber, you will see the Labor, Liberal and National Parties voting to pass a Bill that will cut taxes for the top 20% of income earners, whilst in the Senate they will be voting to pass the Omnibus Bill that will slash clean energy funding.

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