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At a time when the gap between rich and poor is growing, the Australian Greens want to ensure we all get a fair share of Australia's prosperity. We have demonstrated our economic responsibility by supporting the Government in managing the global financial crisis, savings thousands of jobs and small businesses. We negotiated to improve the stimulus package including providing a $500m community jobs fund.

We strongly support a tax on the mining industry's super profits which if properly applied would generate revenue for the benefit of all Australians into the future. Along with many respected economists we support a sovereign wealth fund being established from the proceeds of the mining boom to help address the two speed economy affecting many business and jobs in non-mining industries such as tourism and manufacturing. 

The Australia Greens were instrumental in the most important economic reform in recent times, the Clean Energy Future package, which is a key step in transforming Australia's economy into a clean, zero carbon 21st century economy and seizing the opportunities of creating jobs and investment.

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A new Green economic future

12 Oct 2011

The gap between Australia’s rich and poor is growing and our long-term prosperity is being undermined.
Add your name to the campaign for a new green economic future.

The gap between Australia’s rich and poor is growing and our long-term prosperity is being undermined.

Add your name to the campaign for a new green economic future.

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House of Representatives votes to support the Clean Energy Future bills

12 Oct 2011

The House of Representatives vote to support the Clean Energy Future bills negotiated by the Greens, the government and independent MPs is a vital step towards tackling the climate crisis and building a cleaner, healthier Australia.
The bills, negotiated through the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee as a result of the Greens' agreement to support the Gillard Government, will now move to the Senate where they will be debated and voted on in November before coming into effect on July 1 next year.

This is a historic day and we're looking forward to the legislation's passage through the Senate. The greening of Australia is well under way.

The House of Representatives vote to support the Clean Energy Future bills negotiated by the Greens, the government and independent MPs is a vital step towards tackling the climate crisis and building a cleaner, healthier Australia.

The bills, negotiated through the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee as a result of the Greens' agreement to support the Gillard Government, will now move to the Senate where they will be debated and voted on in November before coming into effect on July 1 next year.

This is a historic day and we're looking forward to the legislation's passage through the Senate. The greening of Australia is well under way.

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Clean Energy Future bills pass the House of Reps - Brown, Milne, Bandt press conference

12 Oct 2011

Audio of the press conference at Parliament House today by Senators Bob Brown and Christine Milne and Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, after the House of Representatives passed the Clean Energy Future legislation to put a price on pollution and invest in clean, renewable energy.

Audio of the press conference at Parliament House today by Senators Bob Brown and Christine Milne and Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, after the House of Representatives passed the Clean Energy Future legislation to put a price on pollution and invest in clean, renewable energy.

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House of Representatives votes to start building a cleaner, healthier Australia

12 Oct 2011

The House of Representatives vote to support the Clean Energy Future bills negotiated by the Greens, the government and independent MPs is a vital step towards tackling the climate crisis and building a cleaner, healthier Australia, the Australian Greens said today.The bills, negotiated through the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee as a result of the Greens' agreement to support the Gillard Government, will now move to the Senate where they will be debated and voted on in November before coming into effect on July 1 next year."This is a historic day and we're looking forward to the legislation's passage through the Senate. The greening of Australia is well under way," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said.

The House of Representatives vote to support the Clean Energy Future bills negotiated by the Greens, the government and independent MPs is a vital step towards tackling the climate crisis and building a cleaner, healthier Australia, the Australian Greens said today.

The bills, negotiated through the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee as a result of the Greens' agreement to support the Gillard Government, will now move to the Senate where they will be debated and voted on in November before coming into effect on July 1 next year.

"This is a historic day and we're looking forward to the legislation's passage through the Senate. The greening of Australia is well under way," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said.

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The bigger picture

11 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown made the following remarks during the Environmental and Social Taxes session of the Tax Forum, on 4 October 2011: "The carbon pricing effort now is to reduce costs down the line, as Nicholas Stern has pointed out, 1 per cent diversion of GDP now to deal with carbon price is going to save our grandchildren five to 20 per cent diversion of their GDP to deal with the onrush of destruction of climate change, including the loss of the Great Barrier Reef, which is a six billion dollar annual business, in the lifetimes of some people in this room on current projections. "That said, the issue of transport, we come to a huge fossil fuel rebate system which should be removed. This on various estimates is in the area of five to ten billion dollars per annum. Yet a fossil fuel rebate system which has perverse outcomes, it may lead through the deaths of cancer of 300 people in our bigger cities per annum and that's not factored in and it should be.

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown made the following remarks during the Environmental and Social Taxes session of the Tax Forum, on 4 October 2011:

"The carbon pricing effort now is to reduce costs down the line, as Nicholas Stern has pointed out, 1 per cent diversion of GDP now to deal with carbon price is going to save our grandchildren five to 20 per cent diversion of their GDP to deal with the onrush of destruction of climate change, including the loss of the Great Barrier Reef, which is a six billion dollar annual business, in the lifetimes of some people in this room on current projections.

"That said, the issue of transport, we come to a huge fossil fuel rebate system which should be removed. This on various estimates is in the area of five to ten billion dollars per annum. Yet a fossil fuel rebate system which has perverse outcomes, it may lead through the deaths of cancer of 300 people in our bigger cities per annum and that's not factored in and it should be.

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Brown welcomes IMF support for broader mining tax

07 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown welcomed the International Monetary Fund's call today for the Government to consider expanding the watered-down mining tax.
"The economic recovery is uneven and options available to the Government include broadening the coverage of the minerals resource rent tax beyond coal and iron ore, as the IMF so clearly states," Senator Brown said.
"A broader mining tax with revenue directed into a sovereign wealth fund would enable long-term funding for clean energy, health care for an ageing population and key infrastructure including high-speed rail."
Senator Brown also welcomed the IMF's endorsement of Greens initiatives - carbon pricing and the Parliamentary Budget Office.
 

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown welcomed the International Monetary Fund's call today for the Government to consider expanding the watered-down mining tax.


"The economic recovery is uneven and options available to the Government include broadening the coverage of the minerals resource rent tax beyond coal and iron ore, as the IMF so clearly states," Senator Brown said.


"A broader mining tax with revenue directed into a sovereign wealth fund would enable long-term funding for clean energy, health care for an ageing population and key infrastructure including high-speed rail."


Senator Brown also welcomed the IMF's endorsement of Greens initiatives - carbon pricing and the Parliamentary Budget Office.


 

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Bob Brown - doorstop at tax forum - 05/10/2011

05 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown speaks to reporters in Canberra, outlining support at the tax forum for establishing a sovereign wealth fund and dropping the tax cut the Government proposes to give to the big banks and mining corporations. Senator Brown also backs a more uniform look at state taxes by the states, to enable the states to better look at the services they fund.

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown speaks to reporters in Canberra, outlining support at the tax forum for establishing a sovereign wealth fund and dropping the tax cut the Government proposes to give to the big banks and mining corporations. Senator Brown also backs a more uniform look at state taxes by the states, to enable the states to better look at the services they fund.

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Forum backs small business tax break: Brown

04 Oct 2011

"There is a consensus emerging at the tax forum that the mining industry doesn't need tax cuts and there's a cry from the heart from small business, which employs almost half the Australian workforce," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"The Greens propose that the big banks and mining corporations forgo the Government's proposed tax cut, which would save $1 billion in government tax revenue just in 2012/13," Senator Brown said in Canberra.
"In 2013/14, the big four banks would be some $295 million better off and BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto would benefit to the tune of $500 million - all at the expense of the taxpayer - if the Government proceeds with its mining tax scheme, as is.""Small business should get a 5% tax break, cutting its corporate tax rate to 25% from 30%, instead of big business having its corporate tax rate cut from 30% to 29%. Importantly, our proposal would be cost neutral," Senator Brown said.
 

"There is a consensus emerging at the tax forum that the mining industry doesn't need tax cuts and there's a cry from the heart from small business, which employs almost half the Australian workforce," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.


"The Greens propose that the big banks and mining corporations forgo the Government's proposed tax cut, which would save $1 billion in government tax revenue just in 2012/13," Senator Brown said in Canberra.


"In 2013/14, the big four banks would be some $295 million better off and BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto would benefit to the tune of $500 million - all at the expense of the taxpayer - if the Government proceeds with its mining tax scheme, as is."

"Small business should get a 5% tax break, cutting its corporate tax rate to 25% from 30%, instead of big business having its corporate tax rate cut from 30% to 29%. Importantly, our proposal would be cost neutral," Senator Brown said.


 

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Bob Brown - Press Conference - 04/10/2011

04 Oct 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown speaks to reporters as the two-day tax forum begins in Canberra today.
 

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown speaks to reporters as the two-day tax forum begins in Canberra today.


 

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Support for Greens' tax proposals, poll shows

03 Oct 2011

The Australian Greens welcome popular support for the Greens' plans on tax, ahead of this week's tax forum in Canberra.Today's Essential poll shows big support for improving the tax break for small business (76%), and 47% support while 37% oppose increasing the mining tax.Link here for full details at Essential Media. 

The Australian Greens welcome popular support for the Greens' plans on tax, ahead of this week's tax forum in Canberra.

Today's Essential poll shows big support for improving the tax break for small business (76%), and 47% support while 37% oppose increasing the mining tax.

Link here for full details at Essential Media.

 

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