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Significant win for tax transparency

Australia’s tax transparency laws have been significantly strengthened, with the Government supporting Greens amendments to lower the reporting threshold to a turnover of $100 million for Australian private companies.

“This is a massive step forward for tax transparency in Australia,” Greens Treasury and Economic Justice spokesperson Nick McKim said.

“We already know that big corporations are paying too little tax - today’s changes mean we can have a much clearer picture for many more companies.”

“The Australian public has a right to know this information.”

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Great Barrier Reef survival = no more oil and gas

The Greens welcome reports of record coral recovery on parts of the Great Barrier Reef but warn the Government not to jeopardise its survival by supporting more oil and gas. 

Comments attributable to Greens spokesperson for healthy oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson:

“The Greens absolutely welcome reports of coral recovery on the Great Barrier Reef, however we can’t overlook that the fast-growing corals responsible for an increase in coral cover are also those most at risk from marine heatwaves and pest species. 

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Speech: Urgent action for early childhood education and care

People are doing it really tough. Many are left with a choice of putting food on the table, paying rent or going to the dentist, and all the while they are still trying to cope with the pandemic. There is no question that people need cost-of-living relief. This is the time to make some monumental changes to do exactly that by investing in essential services. Early childhood education and care is one of those public services that needs urgent attention.

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Speech: Urgent action for early childhood education and care

People are doing it really tough. Many are left with a choice of putting food on the table, paying rent or going to the dentist, and all the while they are still trying to cope with the pandemic. There is no question that people need cost-of-living relief. This is the time to make some monumental changes to do exactly that by investing in essential services. Early childhood education and care is one of those public services that needs urgent attention.

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Greens to support climate bill

Greens Leader Adam Bandt speaking at the National Press Club today, confirmed that following negotiations with the Labor government which led to improvements to the climate bill and a commitment to pursuing other matters further, the Greens would support its passage through the Parliament.

Mr Bandt confirmed the focus would now shift to stopping new coal, oil and gas projects which would blow the government’s weak climate targets.

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Speech: Vale Dr Ronnie Harding

Mehreen Faruqi 2 Aug 2022

Many people will have known a teacher who lit a spark of passion in them or rekindled a flickering flame to its full burning potential. For me it was Dr Ronnie Harding. She played an instrumental role in feeding my hunger to learn more about nature and in nourishing my ability to protect it. We often had discussions about the climate crisis and how big, bold changes were needed to tackle it.

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Speech: Vale Dr Ronnie Harding

Mehreen Faruqi 2 Aug 2022

Many people will have known a teacher who lit a spark of passion in them or rekindled a flickering flame to its full burning potential. For me it was Dr Ronnie Harding. She played an instrumental role in feeding my hunger to learn more about nature and in nourishing my ability to protect it. We often had discussions about the climate crisis and how big, bold changes were needed to tackle it.

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