Growing a strong, clean economy

Supporting Small Business

Adam and the Greens have a plan to keep supporting social enterprise and small business in Melbourne and around the country.

Growing small business & social enterprise

People increasingly want to support local traders and do good when they shop. Adam and the Greens have a plan to keep supporting social enterprise and small business in Melbourne and around the country.

The Greens passed the government's 1.5% cut to small business tax through Parliament, and will take this further to an overall cut by 2%.

Creating Jobs

The old parties are wasting the resources boom and failing to plan for the future as the record mining investment winds down. Adam and the Greens have a plan to drive innovation, roll out the NBN and tackle job security.

Our future lies with our minds, not our mines. The old parties are wasting the resources boom and failing to plan for the future as the record mining investment winds down. Manufacturing in Australia has been under increasing pressure. Meanwhile, the industries that will sustain us in the future – research, healthcare, education, clean energy – are regularly attacked by the old parties.

Instead of spending the current $12 billion that subsidises the fossil fuel industries of the past, the Greens will use these dollars to back the jobs growth areas of the future. Innovation through research and development is critical for promoting new industries and jobs as well as supporting current employment.

Creating jobs, Driving innovation

  • The Greens will invest an additional $2.5 Billion over the next four years on research & development, so that Australia can join the United States in spending 3% of our GDP on R&D.
  • The Greens will work to assist manufacturing become more energy-efficient. This will save manufacturers money through reduced electricity bills and support workers employed in manufacturing by providing a more secure future. Melbourne is home to world-leading health and medical research. However, governments routinely threaten funding cuts to this vital area of society and the economy.

The Greens will:

  • Secure and boost research funding for the long term
  • Fund the indirect costs of health and medical research
  • Establish Integrated Research Centres and fund critical research infrastructure
  • Reverse Labor and the Coalition's successive cuts to the Sustainable Research Excellence program
  • Make funds available to help translate discoveries into new treatments.

Super-fast Broadband

The Greens strongly support the NBN – and have helped ensure that it remains a ‘common good’ owned by the Australian people.

Secure jobs

Growing job insecurity has meant that many people, like university workers and teachers, can’t plan their lives, because they don’t know from year to year if they’ll have a job. Adam has introduced legislation to Parliament to tackle job insecurity and continues to fight for job security in and outside of Parliament.

Education

Education is central to a caring and prosperous society. It must be funded from early childhood, through to tertiary and lifelong learning. Adam and the Greens believe that access to education should not depend on how much you can pay or where you live.

Education is opportunity, for people and the nation. It is central to a caring and prosperous society. It must be funded from early childhood, through to tertiary and lifelong learning.

Better Schools program

The Greens believe that access to education should not depend on how much you can pay or where you live. This is why we backed the Gonksi school education reforms and continue to fight for them, which will fund schools on the basis of need.

With a proper mining tax, the Greens will boost school funding sooner than Labor or the Coalition. The Greens will also keep pushing for dedicated investment in science and maths education, as well as Asian languages.

Stop Labor and the Coalition's uni cuts

After years of neglect under successive governments, universities are under pressure and desperately need a funding boost. The Greens would reverse Labor's cuts to universities and students, lift university base funding by 10% and raise Youth Allowance by $50. The Greens have fought and beaten each and every of the Coalition's attempts to rip more funding out of our universities and to increase student fees by deregulating universities.

Save TAFE

The Greens would boost TAFE funding by $1.2 billion, to counteract savage Liberal cuts.

Clean Energy

Global warming threatens our way of life. Scientists tell us that this is the 'critical decade' - and that we must cut back Australia's pollution urgently. The Greens will lead Australia to cut pollution and to create a future economy, powered by clean renewable energy.

Cutting pollution & investing in clean energy

Global warming threatens our way of life. Scientists tell us that this is the ‘critical decade’ – and that we must cut back Australia’s pollution urgently to reach zero net pollution by the middle of this century. The International Energy Agency says that we must keep over two-thirds of existing coal and gas reserves in the ground.

The Greens stand for:

  • No new coal
  • A fair price for solar power
  • Boosting the Clean Energy Finance Corporation
  • 90% renewable energy by 2030

The Renewable Energy Target (RET)

After years of maintaining a successful Renewable Energy Target, Labor did a dirty deal with the Coalition to cut the RET by nearly 20% - a move that will see investment in renewable energy across the country plummet. The final deal allows the burning of wood from our native forests to count as 'renewable' energy. The Greens will reverse these cuts and increase the Renewable Energy Target to 90% by 2030.

Renewable energy zones

Australia's future economy will be powered by clean renewable energy. The Greens will build new infrastructure, connecting the existing power network to Australia’s renewable-energy ‘hot spots’.

Neighbourhood solar power

Many people in Melbourne live in an apartment or rent, which can make it difficult to install renewable energy. The Greens would fund "neighbourhood solar" projects so that communities could pool their resources and buy bigger renewable projects, as has been done in the Hepburn Shire around Daylesford. Melburnians could each own a piece of a big solar plant on a factory in the city!

High Speed Rail for Melbourne

A report commissioned by the Australian Greens identifies a range of benefits totalling $48 billion from a high-speed rail network on the east coast. Besides direct benefits to rail users and operators, these include indirect benefits to society, such as fewer accidents, lower greenhouse gas emissions, less air and noise pollution, less congestion on roads and at airports, and substantial time savings to users.

As part of the agreement to support the minority Labor government, the Australian Greens secured a $20 million feasibility study into high-speed rail. We will get high-speed rail on track by establishing an authority to begin the construction of the high-speed rail network.

Environment

The Greens stand for making our environment protection laws stronger, not weaker. The Greens stand for protecting what we love about Australia, and the sustainable jobs that depend on a healthy environment, now and into the future.

National Parks

Despite their name, National Parks are not protected by national laws. This means that they are vulnerable to moves by State governments to allow shooting, logging, grazing and development inside park boundaries. The Greens want National Parks protected by national laws.

Great Barrier Reef in peril

The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage icon and a national treasure. But it’s under threat like never before: 50% of its coral cover has disappeared in the past 27 years and it is now threatened by climate change, pollution, and proposals for new and expanded coal and gas ports, requiring mass dredging to accommodate large ships. Adam and the Greens have a plan to protect the Reef.

Stronger national environment laws

Labor and the Coalition are ganging-up to make our national environment laws weaker. We will work to prevent the handover of environment protections to State governments.

Animal justice

How we treat animals is a key indicator of a caring society. Adam has introduced legislation to end live exports and will continue to pursue this in the next Parliament.

Revenue

We need to secure Australia’s revenue base to fund the services we need. Also, a lot of government revenue isn’t being spent wisely. If we axe subsidies to polluters and ask wealthy miners and banks to pay their fair share, we can start to fund a clean economy and a caring society.

The Greens will find savings and boost revenue to raise the funds needed for our plans. We will stop the billions of dollars in unfair subsidies for big miners to buy cheaper petrol. We will reform negative gearing that disproportionately benefits the wealthiest 10% of Australians while pushing housing prices up and remove superannuation tax concessions for the most wealthy.

All financial policies in this platform are fully funded and have been fully costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office.

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