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Big 4 banks should pay a public support levy: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and banking spokesperson Adam Bandt has outlined a proposal for a 'Public Support Levy' on the big four banks in return for the implicit “too-big-to-fail” policy of the government that underwrites their activities.

The 20 basis points levy on bank assets in excess of $100 billion has been costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office and would raise $11 billion over the forward estimates.

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PM fight on overseas workers a show: Bandt

Adam Bandt says the PM’s fight with Tony Abbott on overseas workers is a show with no substance.

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Labor preparing for high speed rail sell-out: Bandt

The Minister for Transport, Anthony Albanese, is preparing to sell out on high speed rail, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said today. Responding to a speech by Mr Albanese to the Sydney Institute last night, Mr Bandt said the Greens were now the only party committed to the nation building infrastructure of high speed rail.

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PM overseas worker promise rings hollow: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says the PM’s promise on s457 visas rings hollow, given the failure of the government to require jobs to be advertised locally first.

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Greens to reverse Labor’s single parent cuts

The Greens will introduce a bill to Parliament to boost payments to single parents on Newstart, increase the amount of work they are able to do without losing their benefits and give carers an enforceable right to flexible work hours.

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Fix mining tax not research cuts: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt says the Greens want to see the mining tax fixed before considering any changes to research and development tax arrangements.

Mr Bandt says the Greens will get behind the positive jobs and innovation announcements made by the government last week but not the R&D cuts linked to the plan.

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PM's industry scheme has no guts, no teeth: Bandt

Labor's industry plan lacks guts, Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, said today. Major projects, including the big miners, should have to do more than simply talk to local firms and put an advertisement in the paper. There should also be a requirement to use a minimum level of Australian content.

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Greens motion to protect science funding passes Parliament

The House of Representatives has passed a Greens motion, supported by the Coalition and the crossbench, calling on the Labor government to protect science and research funding in the Budget.

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Greens back bullying laws

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, has backed the government’s push for workplace bullying laws announced today.

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New work rights must have teeth: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, says the government should not expect automatic support from the Greens for its flexible work changes. Mr Bandt, who has a Work / Life Balance bill before the Parliament, says the Greens want to see an enforceable right to flexibility for workers.

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