It is often very difficult to find clear information about how the Government has, or intends to spend money. Particularly at election time, many grand and expensive promises are made, yet frequently the money is not ultimately spent, or the opposite, many commitments turn out to be much more expensive than claimed. The Greens are determined to hold the Government to account and are working to ensure that budget information is reported in a way that makes it simple for everybody to find detailed information about what has been promised and how much has been spent.
In addition the Greens will continue to scrutinise the Department of Finance and Deregulation's management of the Australian Government’s non-defence domestic property portfolio and key asset sales.
Bob Brown press conference about the Christchurch earthquake, extending the mining tax, marriage equality, nuclear subs, and leadership - 22 February 2012
22 Feb 2012
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, part way through the Senate inquiry into the minerals resource rent tax, spoke to reporters in Canberra today, calling for the mining tax to be extended to gold and uranium.
The anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake, the Greens' move for a Senate inquiry into the draft Murray Darling Basin plan, equal marriage, nuclear submarines, and the Labor leadership saga were also discussed.
09 Feb 2012
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, speaking to reporters in Canberra today, outlined the Greens' moves to seek better funding for dental care.
Senator Brown also called for the Syrian embassy in Canberra to be closed as it no longer represents the people of Syria. Other topics included the need for Senator Brandis to recuse himself from the Senate privileges committee; debate on the mining tax; government advertising; and Point Henry.
06 Feb 2012
Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown spoke about the Greens proposal for a fairer superannuation system; the criticism of Prime Minister Gillard, including the sexism inherent in the media's approach; the Greens are getting on with a nation-building agenda -- including making high-speed rail an issue in the lead-up to the next election.
06 Feb 2012
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today released the Greens’ proposal to be put to the Superannuation Roundtable recently established by the Government after talks with the Greens.
“The Greens had detailed discussions with the Government about the revenue going to superannuation as part of the mining tax package, and the need to review superannuation tax concessions. We need to make the system fairer,” Senator Brown said in Canberra.
03 Jan 2012
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today supported calls from the ACTU and ACOSS for changes to the $30 billion worth of superannuation tax concessions that favour top earners before the Gillard Government’s mining tax package is debated in the Senate.
“The Government has linked the mining tax to a rise in the superannuation guarantee to 12% from 9%. We are supportive of the rise but believe significant changes need to be made to taxation arrangements to make the system fairer and more equitable,” Senator Brown said.
03 Jan 2012
Australian Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown held a press conference to discuss superannuation tax fairness, and the Three Capes walking trail in Tasmania.
06 Dec 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today urged the big banks to pass through the full Reserve Bank rate cut to customers.
"Australia's banking sector, the strongest in the world, has been generously supported by the government and does not need more assistance - granted by the banks to the banks at the expense of customers, or tax cuts at the expense of public services," Senator Brown said in Launceston.
"The big four banks - after reporting a combined annual net profit of more than $25 billion this year - should do more to support small business, whether it is access to capital or fairer borrowing costs, or paying their fair share."
"The big four banks alone would get a windfall of more than $4 billion over the next decade from the proposed corporate tax cut that the government will try to pass through the Parliament next year. The Greens will seek to amend that."
01 Dec 2011
29 Nov 2011