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A Trumpian foreign policy budget

The 2017 Turnbull budget betrays this government’s deeply cynical and clumsy approach to our region and the rest of the world, the Australian Greens said today.

“We’re one of the richest nations on the planet, yet this government has decided for the fourth year in succession to further cut aid and development support to our poorest neighbours, and focus instead on increased funding for the military and enforcement at home,” Australian Greens Co-deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs, Defence and Aid spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Public transport cash win belongs to Roe 8 campaigners

The win for Federal funding into public transport in Western Australia belongs to the fearless campaigners against the Roe 8 project, who literally put their liberty at risk to save the Beeliar Wetlands from being smothered in concrete.

Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said if it weren’t for the dedicated crew who turned up every day to fight the Barnett Government’s reckless road to nowhere the Federal Government would be pouring money into another road and not public transport in WA this Budget.

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Senate rejects Greens move to review deceptive free range egg standards

The Liberal, National and Labor parties have voted against a Greens motion calling on the Australian Government to review the Free Range Egg Labelling Information Standard to accurately reflect the density standard of egg-laying chickens, and to ensure that consumers have correct information about stocking densities.
 
Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Turnbull Government has set a free range egg standard that dupes Australian consumers into thinking that intensive farmed eggs are ‘free range’. 
 
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Collie families miss out on Federal cash

Scott Ludlam 10 May 2017

The Liberals have screwed over the next generation of Collie by leaving out any funding for a transition plan towards clean energy in last night’s Federal budget.

Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said instead of drawing down fuel subsidies to help coal towns like Collie face their new future of renewable energy, they increased payments to butter up fossil fuel based companies by 20 per cent.

“They’re boosting fossil fuel subsidies by 1.2 billion over four years, to $7.3 billion per year in 2021,” he said.

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Back to the Future on Health Care

This budget fails Australian patients, has zero vision for the future of the system and is a political fix, pure and simple. The Government’s plan to lift the Medicare freeze will have no impact for patients for at least a year, if not longer, leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale said.

“Greg Hunt’s ‘road map’ for health lacks any vision for the future of healthcare in this country. It’s a U-turn that takes us back to where we were three years ago. 

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A useless housing budget

Lee Rhiannon 10 May 2017
The number of people who are homeless and the number struggling to buy their first home will increase under the Liberal-National budget, Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“The Turnbull government has only offered superficial solutions to the housing crisis. There are fourteen supposed housing affordability measures in this budget, but none of them will do much to make housing more affordable. 
 
“Any housing plan that does not reform negative gearing and the capital gains discount is a sham.
 
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Australian steel for Inland Rail could secure thousands of jobs and Blue Scope’s survival

Lee Rhiannon 10 May 2017
The Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to commit to using Australian steel on the Inland Rail project as a way to secure thousands of jobs and to help secure the survival of the Port Kembla Blue Scope steel plant. 
 
Greens industry spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Australian steel industry is on a knife edge. 
 
“A commitment by the Turnbull government to use Australian steel on the Inland Rail project would help build a secure future for this industry.
 
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Single biggest cut in the budget is a brutal attack on young people

Malcolm Turnbull has proven he has his priorities wrong if he thinks he can foster a clever country by cutting $3.8 billion from universities, while planning to loan $1 billion to Adani for a useless coalmine.

“It is ludicrous to think Malcolm Turnbull wants to lend money to Adani for a coalmine that no-one wants, no questions asked, yet he is pinching pennies when it comes to building a clever country.

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Show support to Whyalla by committing to buy Australian steel

The Australian Greens want the government to use Australian steel in the national infrastructure projects announced in the 2017 Budget and will move in the Senate tomorrow to support steel jobs in South Australia.

“Using Whyalla-made steel in Australian infrastructure would not only give much-needed support to South Australia’s steel industry, but send a message to the steelworkers that this Government has their backs,” Greens trade spokesperson, Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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