Joint strike fighter $14bn leap of faith: Bandt

Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt today said that Tony Abbott’s plan to spend close to $14 billion on 58 plagued joint strike fighter jets was a poor use of taxpayer funds at a time of supposed Budget restraint.

“Tony Abbott’s priority should be pensions not poorly performing planes,” said Mr Bandt.

“Tony Abbott is taking us on a $14bn leap of faith. So much for the Budget emergency.

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Raising minimum wage reduces inequality, stimulates economy

Greens Deputy Leader and Employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the Fair Work Commission has a chance to act on income inequality.

“The IMF, the OECD, the World Economic Forum and Australia’s Treasury have all made clear that tackling growing income inequality should be a high priority for policy makers because it poses a real risk to growth, prosperity and political stability,” said Mr Bandt.

“The Fair Work Commission has the opportunity before it to tackle one of the most worrying risks to our prosperity, that of growing income inequality.

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Free-trade deal could hit employment rate, manufacturing & national revenue: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and Industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that if Tony Abbott’s China trade deal allows the importation of overseas workers, it could be a body-blow to our employment rate.

Reports today suggest Tony Abbott is considering allowing overseas investors freer access to Chinese-backed projects in Australia as part of the forthcoming Chinese free trade deal.

“What’s the point of these trade deals if the investments that they generate don’t create jobs in Australia?,” said Mr Bandt.

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Greens will fight Abbott cuts to CSIRO

Greens Deputy Leader and Science spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that Tony Abbott is a threat to Australia’s prosperity.

“If Tony Abbott’s Commission of Audit is a front for cuts to CSIRO’s budget of 15-20%, as CSIRO believes, Australia’s prosperity will suffer,” said Mr Bandt.

“Australia depends on research and research depends on secure, long-term funding.

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Major boost for east coast high-speed rail

Greens Deputy Leader and HSR spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said a new report has given added impetus to East Coast high-speed rail (HSR).

“The Greens would build high-speed rail along Australia’s east coast. The case is already too compelling not to. Today’s high-level report makes it more so,” said Mr Bandt.

“The report by Beyond Zero Emissions, the German Aerospace Centre and the University of Melbourne makes clear the myriad advantages HSR would bring to the majority of Australians who live along the east coast.

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