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Greens respond to poor Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook report card

The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook released today highlights the Turnbull Government’s dead-end plan to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable Australians, Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale said.

​“There is one message in this MYEFO for everyday Australians: unless you’re a big corporation or Liberal Party donor, you don’t matter.”

“Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to hand out tax cuts to the wealthiest Australians while wage growth remains stagnant is a slap in the face to ordinary Australians doing it tough.” 

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Greens vote tightens the net on multinational tax avoiders

Australia has this week joined 30 other countries in signing a new agreement to combat multinational tax avoidance, after the Greens supported the facilitating legislation on the final parliamentary sitting day of 2015.

"Australia nearly missed the chance to get started on this information-sharing project, which we know will put pressure on multinational tax avoiders," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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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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Greens use government bill to repeal government bill

The Senate has voted to repeal the Turnbull government's so-called "kidnap law," which passed only last month and exempted private companies - with turnover of $100 million dollars or more - from having to disclose their tax affairs.

"The passage of this Greens amendment is a big victory for the community - we've improved a multinational tax avoidance bill so that it also improves the financial disclosure and tax transparency of big companies," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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Senate Committee goes where Joe Hockey won’t - tax concessions

The Senate Select Committee into the Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit has today handed down its final report, which focused primarily on tax concessions.

Australian Greens Senator and Chair of the committee, Dr Richard Di Natale said that the report exposes how much money could be saved without making life harder for the most vulnerable people in our community.

“The budget tells you everything you need to know about the Abbott Government’s values and priorities,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Phillip Morris challenge a sign of things to come: Greens

Signing the Trans Pacific free trade agreement has the potential to open up the government to further legal challenges said Greens’ health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale.

“Phillip Morris’s challenge to the government’s plain packaging legislation is only possible because Australia has a Free Trade Agreement with Hong Kong that puts the interests of corporations ahead of the public interest,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Health reforms positive but don’t go far enough

Health spokesperson for the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, today said that the Government’s health reform package is a good first step but falls short of having a significant impact on the health of Australians.

“These reforms will clarify the funding relationship between Federal and State Governments for hospitals, and that’s a good thing,” Senator Di Natale said.

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