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Greens will oppose company tax cut for big business

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today announced that the Greens will not support any cut to the company tax rate for big business. “The Greens will not support any attempt to cut the company tax rate for big business,” Mr Bandt said. “If Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison want to make big businesses pay even less tax, they will need to get the support of the Labor Party.”
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Turnbull ‘mum’ on fate of refugee babies & children

In response to his first question since yesterday’s High Court decision concerning the fate of the 37 babies and 90 children living in Australia, directed to him in Question Time by Greens MP Adam Bandt, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refused to commit to not sending these children currently living in Australia to Nauru. “It is devastating that Malcolm Turnbull will not commit to letting these children, including 37 babies, stay in Australia,” Mr Bandt said. “The Prime Minister seems on track to authorise child abuse by sending them to the hellhole of Nauru.”
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Come Back Next Year: Childcare in Melbourne

A new report on the availability of childcare in the Federal electorate of Melbourne shows that demand continues to outstrip supply in the nation’s fastest-growing city. Come Back Next Year is a report of a survey of childcare centres in the Federal electorate of Melbourne, conducted by Adam Bandt MP. The report shows that while there has been a small change in the number of centres reporting vacancies, much work remains to be done. Flexible, high quality, affordable childcare is essential if parents are to balance the demands of work and caring for young children -- but too many parents are still struggling to find appropriate childcare when they need it.  Among the findings of the report are: 92% of centres had a waiting list for childcare places The average reported waiting list time for 0-2 year old children was 10.1 months 50% of centres had no vacancies for 0-2 year olds, with only 19% of centres having places available on all days 19% of centres had no vacancies for 3-4 year olds, with only 43% of centres having places available on all days Nearly 6 out of 10 centres would offer more places if they had the resources available to expand their physical space You can read the full report here.
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