Tony Abbott Undercutting Local Workers Across Country: Bandt

Responding to reports that the Government intends to allow employers to pay skilled migrants less than local workers, Deputy Greens Leader and Workplace Relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, said that Tony Abbott is undercutting local workers.

“That stench coming from Canberra is Work Choices rising from the dead,” said Mr Bandt.

“First the Government cuts part of Australia out of the mainland migration zone and now they’re excising parts of the country from our labour laws.

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Joe Hockey Must End Big Banks $4.5bn Taxpayer Subsidy: Bandt

“Joe Hockey has been given another option today to balance the budget fairly without asking students to go into a six-figure debt,” said Deputy Greens Leader and Finance spokesperson.

“The Customer Owned Banking Association has revealed that Australians are giving the big banks $4.5bn every year by underwriting their ‘too big to fail’ status.

“The Abbott Government is forcing taxpayers to financially guarantee the big banks so that if they fall over we have to pay for the cost.

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Greens to Amend R&D Bill

The Australian Greens will move amendments in the Senate to strike out Government plans to cut R&D incentives for large companies and instead put in place quarterly payments for small and medium size businesses eligible for a R&D tax incentive refund.

The Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2013 is currently before the Senate and crossbench Senators will determine its passage.

“Tony Abbott is an economic wrecking ball and these cuts to research and development incentives prove it,” said Adam Bandt MP, Greens Research spokesperson.

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Abbott Refuses Parliamentary Debate, Leaves Open Sending Combat Troops To Iraq: Bandt

In response to a question from Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP, Tony Abbott refused to rule out that he is planning to deploy troops to fight in Iraq and confirmed Parliament will have no chance to debate this matter of highest national importance.

“I asked the Prime Minister a straight question and he refused to rule out that plans are underway to deploy Australian combat troops to fight in Iraq," Mr Bandt said.

"The Prime Minister also confirmed that Parliament would have no chance to debate this matter of highest national importance.

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Cormann’s Budget Sound Bites Don’t Cut It

Responding to comments made by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann this morning, Greens Finance spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said that Mr Cormann’s suggestion that there was no alternative to the Government’s widely-hated Budget is wrong.

“After a long winter break, the Budget is still unfair and the Government still has no plan to get it through Parliament,” said Mr Bandt.

“Repeating worn-out sound bites won’t pass the Budget.

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