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The reality of the Turnbull Government

I rise to speak to today's matter of public importance.

There was a national sigh of relief when Tony Abbott was replaced by Malcolm Turnbull. Most Australians gave the new Prime Minister the benefit of the doubt. We were pleased to see the end of Tony Abbott's divisive politics. We hoped that it would mark a turning point on so many critical issues-issues like climate change, getting children out of detention and marriage equality-that we would finally be able to transition our economy and set ourselves up for those industries of the future-

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Transparency key to ending corporate tax avoidance: Greens

“Today is a great day in the campaign to end corporate tax avoidance,” said Senator Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens.

“Transparency is key to getting big corporations to pay their fair share. They might be able to afford the best tax lawyers to help them stay ahead of the parliament but they won’t be able to escape the court of public opinion.

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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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PM Turnbull’s economic challenge: tackle inequality, global warming

Adam Bandt 17 Sep 2015

The Australian Greens have challenged new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to dump the "nope, nope, nope" attitude of his predecessor when it comes to economic reforms that would reduce wealth inequality and face up to the reality of global warming.

"You can't have a serious economic plan if you've got Tony Abbott's climate policy leading into this election, and that's where Malcolm Turnbull is right now," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

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Greens inquiry calls to unmask corporate tax dodgers

The first report from the Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance, initiated by the Greens, has just been tabled in the Senate. It focuses on the need to expose more dodgy dealings, and the Greens have proposed seven extra recommendations that have been appended to the report, and are attached above.

“Corporate tax dodgers are ripping off Australia and ordinary taxpayers deserve to know,” said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, who has taken over Christine Milne’s seat on the inquiry.

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A small-minded budget from a visionless government

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says the 2015 Budget is a visionless, small-minded document.

"This budget's biggest failure is what isn't there. There's no vision, no direction and no new sources of revenue from the big end of town," Senator Di Natale said.

"To look after people and build a more caring society, we need to raise more revenue, not cut one vital service to fund another.

"This budget takes more money from the pockets of nurses and charity workers than it does the big miners or big banks.

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Commission of Cuts

Senator Richard Di Natale is the Chair of a Senate Committee that has been set up to scrutinise the work of the Abbott Government's Commission of Audit.

The Senate Inquiry is injecting some much needed transparency into the commission's process for developing recommendations, it is testing the underlying economic assumptions that guide their work and it is examining the real impact of cuts to services.

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Greens hold Geelong budget Q&A in place of Tony Abbott

Australian Greens Senator, Dr Richard Di Natale, will host a budget Q&A at Deakin University in Geelong today.

“Tony Abbott’s attempt to shred Australia’s social safety net and make it harder for people to see a doctor will hit hardest in places like Geelong,” said Senator Di Natale, chair of the Senate Committee into the Commission of Audit.

“The Prime Minister has shown himself to be a coward by not fronting up to the Geelong community to explain his cruel and brutal budget.

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