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March 4, 2024

Greens: Morrison’s budget makes housing more expensive and funds more coal and gas

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Though many in the Northern Rivers are too distracted to even know it happened, the Australian Greens have slammed the government’s final budget for what they say makes housing more expensive, locks in tax cuts for the wealthy and funding more coal and gas projects rather than acting on the climate crisis.

The Liberals’ final budget contains more than $37.6 billion for coal, oil and gas, gives $13 billion of public money to property investors, and has no new money to build affordable housing.

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Greens Candidate for Richmond, Mandy Nolan says that when Scott Morrison came to see the flooding last month, he didn’t dare show face in Richmond. ‘My community is furious. People across the electorate are in no doubt these extreme weather events are the result of climate change. They are not afraid to say it.

Ms Nolan says flooding has supercharged a housing crisis that already existed in the Northern Rivers. ‘Now thousands of women, men and children across the region have lost their homes, and these figures don’t even include those whose houses are made unlivable due to black mold.

‘Our community isn’t done cleaning up, and this morning, we’ve been evacuating again!’

Housing was already hard to find and unaffordable

Ms Nolan says housing was already hard to find and unaffordable for many – now the situation is even more desperate. ‘People are being forced into overcrowded housing with friends, parking caravans on their front lawns or living in makeshift shelters.

‘We shouldn’t have to be crowdfunding and selling raffle tickets to survive the climate crisis. Instead, the government could start rebuilding safer homes in our community with the stroke of a pen. It’s a disgusting slap in the face for flood survivors.’

Housing more expensive, tax cuts for the wealthy and more coal and gas projects

Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt MP said Scott Morrison’s Budget makes housing more expensive, locks in tax cuts for the wealthy and funds more coal and gas projects, all with Labor’s support.

‘This Budget of election bribes will not keep you safe from the climate crisis and it won’t put a secure roof over your head. It doesn’t have a cent of new money for building new affordable housing, but it gives hundreds of millions to new oil and gas projects.

‘Even as floods again threaten the Northern Rivers for the second time in a month, Scott Morrison plans to give more than $38bn in handouts to coal, oil and gas corporations to fuel the climate crisis and Labor backs him in.

Insulting to flood victims

Mr Bandt says there is $1.6 billion for renewables, $2 billion for disaster recovery, and more than $38 billion in subsidies to coal, oil and gas. ‘It’s an insult to every flood victim that the Prime Minister is spending more than 10 times more on coal, oil and gas as he is on protecting us from climate floods.

‘Scott Morrison’s Budget spends $13 billion on unfair tax breaks that will push up the cost of housing and lock people out of the housing market, handouts that Labor will wave through.

‘A temporary cut to fuel excise may not even make its way to people’s pockets. There’s every chance that world oil prices or profiteering from oil corporations will wipe out any gains to motorists overnight, at very substantial cost to the budget.

‘We need to permanently boost the pension by almost $250 a fortnight, not $250 an election.’

Student debt and dental

Mr Bandt says that to tackle cost of living pressures, the Budget should wipe student debt, get dental into Medicare and build 1 million affordable homes that people can rent for 25 per cent of their income or buy for $300,000. ‘That would be much fairer, better and cheaper than proceeding with Stage 3 tax cuts and temporarily cutting fuel excise.

‘This Budget shows we need to kick the Liberals out and get the Greens in balance of power to push the next Government to tackle cost of living pressures by taxing the billionaires, getting dental into Medicare, wiping student debt and building affordable housing.’

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  1. Adam Bandt preferred PM in my view!

    LNP and Labor still support fossil fuels. This is unconscionable.

    Let’s support Mandy for Richmond given Another despicable budget and years of serious denial and inactivity on the. climate emergency

    Australians cannot afford to elect any party or politician who will not act on, and call out this climate emergency. We are the most vulnerable continent.

    What’s happened/happening in Australia let alone other countries over the past years is the catalyst to take immediate action on the climate emergency.

    Mother Nature telling us she’s had enough!

    The ABC has produced a must view program alerting people to the need for urgent action now. Please share widely especially to politicians and prospective candidates:

    Watching Four Corners Series 2022 Wild Weather in iview https://iview.abc.net.au/show/four-corners/series/2022/video/NC2203H008S00

    • A pity they don’t agree with all your eco-theories in China and Russia.
      They are growing stronger – while we are constantly being weakened economically and morally.
      So I suggest the next “anti-coal demo” be at the Chinese and Russian embassies.
      But don’t do that in their home countries or you will be treated as a national traitor.
      [So stay in Australia – it’s far safer !]

      • “[So stay in Australia – it’s far safer !]”, not in NSW it ain’t as the NSW Liberals and NSW Labor join up to jail climate protestors.
        Authoritarianism is alive and well in NSW.

        • The “climate protesters” richly deserve punishment if they disrupt and adversely affect our economy by their dangerous & childish actions.
          What have they actually achieved other than making many more enemies in the general public ?
          Be careful Joachim, your ‘direct action’ in future can have two sides to it.

          • Rob, you got it all wrong.
            The climate protestors are heroes, just like all the Human Rights protestors, Racial Equality protestors, Women’s Vote protestors and all the rest of the past.
            Jailing protestors is the go to heavy handed response of authority.
            It isn’t the protestor/s that are the problem it is bad laws and the not listening / inaction by authority that is the problem.
            Even though Australia is a democracy, we don’t have a Bill of Rights in Australia that protects the right to protest. Instead we rely on the Law to protect freedom of expression. This recent move by Lib / Perrottet and Lab / Minns is another example of the heavy handed response.
            The right to protest is an important right in any democracy and needs protecting, not being whittled away. So be very careful that you aren’t one day swept up off the street because someone in authority decides that you are a problem.

  2. $38 billion for fossil fuel subsidies! NOW? I was choking when I heard it was $9 billion. Please, break it down for me. Maybe it will help me. and alot of others, understand why we really need to get rid of this government and Labour too.
    Surely there’s got to be some people ready to govern and do the right thing.


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