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Hockey's deposit levy should only apply to big 4 banks: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and Finance spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Treasurer Joe Hockey's proposed levy on bank deposits may get passed straight on to consumers, and instead has proposed an alternative model where the levy would be restricted to the big four banks.

"The Greens are concerned that a levy on all bank deposits could be passed directly onto everyday consumers if the levy is simply applied across the board to all banks," Mr Bandt said.

"The Greens propose an alternative model that would see a levy on bank deposits only apply to the big four banks, which would help level the playing field between big and small banks and wouldn't see the levy simply passed on to consumers."

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Senate backs Greens motion to protect science & research funding in Budget

Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt welcomed the support of the Senate for a Greens motion calling on the government to protect science & research funding in the Budget.

The motion calls on the government to increase science and research funding, put ongoing funding on a secure footing and reverse the decision to cut the critical Future Fellowships program, which supports mid-career researchers.

“This week, hundreds of scientists came to Parliament to talk with politicians about why investing in science matters.”

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Government must respect Court and Parliament on offshore workers: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP responded to the Federal Court’s unanimous decision that the Government has unlawfully tried to circumvent existing legislation in the offshore resources sector by calling on the government to respect the will of the Parliament and the court.

“The umpire has just red-carded the Abbott government for trying flout the law and the Parliament,” said Mr Bandt.

“There is a law in place that requires jobs associated with resource projects in Australian waters to be advertised locally first at local wages and conditions. First the government tried to repeal that law, then when they couldn’t get that through the Senate they made a regulation to circumvent that law, then when the Senate disallowed that regulation they made a declaration that the law didn’t apply and now the Court has said that declaration is unlawful."

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Pyne’s research funding purge must end: Bandt

Reports in today’s media suggest Education Minister Pyne is continuing to threaten research funding despite backing down on immediate cuts of $150 million to the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) funding, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said today.

The Education Minister has said the Future Fellowship program, a key program supporting mid-career researchers, would not continue because of the Senate’s rejection of the government’s deregulation plan.

“Christopher Pyne’s research funding purge must end”, Mr Bandt said.

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Senate backs Greens working visa inquiry

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today the Senate has backed the creation of a broad-ranging Senate inquiry into Australia's working visa system, including the use of 457 visas.

“The Senate today has gotten behind our push for a landmark inquiry into the working visa system,” Mr Bandt said.

"With rising unemployment and a mining investment boom coming off the boil, now is the time to ask whether the current working visa system strikes the right balance."

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