Greens Deputy Leader and Finance spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Treasurer Joe Hockey's proposed levy on bank deposits may get passed straight on to consumers, and instead has proposed an alternative model where the levy would be restricted to the big four banks.
"The Greens are concerned that a levy on all bank deposits could be passed directly onto everyday consumers if the levy is simply applied across the board to all banks," Mr Bandt said.
Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt welcomed the support of the Senate for a Greens motion calling on the government to protect science & research funding in the Budget.
The motion calls on the government to increase science and research funding, put ongoing funding on a secure footing and reverse the decision to cut the critical Future Fellowships program, which supports mid-career researchers.
Greens Deputy Leader and Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP responded to the Federal Court’s unanimous decision that the Government has unlawfully tried to circumvent existing legislation in the offshore resources sector by calling on the government to respect the will of the Parliament and the court.
“The umpire has just red-carded the Abbott government for trying flout the law and the Parliament,” said Mr Bandt.
Reports in today’s media suggest Education Minister Pyne is continuing to threaten research funding despite backing down on immediate cuts of $150 million to the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) funding, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said today.