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NBN/AFP raids set troubling precedence

24 Aug 2016

Greens are deeply troubled by the AFP raids inside Parliament House today.

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$300 million for RAAF base, but residents and workers need protection

24 Aug 2016

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne’s announcement of a further $300 million of extended defence contracts at Williamtown RAAF base. 

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Federal Government needs to pitch in for Tasmania's water infrastructure needs

24 Aug 2016

Greens spokesperson for Finance, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today called on Tasmanian Liberal Senators to provide federal assistance for TasWater’s infrastructure upgrade program.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “At a time when critical local infrastructure upgrades are needed, like those identified by TasWater, the federal government is proposing to cut payments to the states. The budget shows payments to the states are set to fall from $9 billion to $4 billion over the next four years.

“The current model of infrastructure financing and project selection is broken. Where are Eric Abetz and his senate team on this issue?

The Greens have proposed a model to reform the financing of infrastructure, backed up by the unanimous findings of a Senate select committee that I chaired. This model includes issuing Commonwealth backed infrastructure bonds to raise funds for upgrades of local infrastructure.

“Giving smaller state and local government access to a federal loan facility would allow them to borrow at the lower rates available to the Commonwealth. This would save the Tasmanian community in the order of $4.5 million per annum on the $900 million that TasWater is proposing to borrow.

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