Greens to prioritize as the poll approaches

Greens leader Adam Bandt will outline priorities for his party if it were to maintain the balance of power after Saturday’s federal election.

These include taking urgent action on climate change, tackling the cost of living and bringing justice to the Australian First Nations people by continuing the Uluru Declaration from the heart.

“Voters deserve to know what’s on the negotiating table,” Mr Bandt will tell party supporters on Monday at the launch of the Greens’ national campaign in Brisbane.

“Of course we want to see all our policies implemented, but these will be at the top of the list.”

The Greens will tackle the climate crisis by stopping new coal and gas mines and tackling the rising cost of living by getting dental and mental health care in Medicare, building affordable housing and making childcare free.

It also aims to tackle inequality and the cost of living by putting pressure on eliminating student debt and increasing income support above the poverty line.

At the same time, it makes sure big corporations and billionaires pay their fair share of taxes.

“This election has become a petty battle between a terrible government that has to leave and a visionless opposition that always agrees with them,” Mr Bandt will say when addressing.

“The Greens will kick out the Liberals and keep Labor on track.”

The Greens also released its policy costs, which were prepared by the independent parliamentary budget office and cover the period 2021/22 to 2024/25.

GREENS POLICY COST

EXPENSES:

* No new coal and gas mines and care for coal workers – $2.8 billion

* Dental and Mental Health in Medicare – $17.4 Billion

* Build a million affordable homes and better rights for tenants – $9.3 billion

* Free Childcare – $16 Billion

* Sweeping student debt – $33.2 billion

* Bringing income support above the poverty line ($88/day) – $94.3 billion

* Progress on all elements of the Uluru Statement from the Heart – $25 million

* Total spend – $173.02 billion

NEW REVENUES AND SAVINGS:

* Tycoon Tax (Corporate Super-Winning Tax, Mining Super-Winning Tax and Corporate Tax Avoidance) – $80.4 billion

* Billionaire Tax (including Billionaire Pandemic Tax) – $46.5 Billion

* End corporate benefits (make gas exporters pay and stop subsidies for coal, oil and gas) – $55.9 billion

Total Revenue and Savings – $182.7 Billion

NET BUDGET SAVINGS – $9.71 Billion

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