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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.

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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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