I'm Adam Bandt, Leader of the Australian Greens. AMA about the 2020 Budget, the path out of the COVID recession, and the Green New Deal!
The government's handed down its 2020 budget, and boy, it's a doozy. Great if you're a big corporation or a millionaire; but if you're out of work and relying on public services, you're shit outta luck.
This could have been a budget of hope – instead, it was one that gave tax cuts to millionaire and public money to the Liberals coal and gas donors, while further fuelling insecure low paid work.
At a time when we're in a once-in a lifetime recession, this budget makes all the wrong choices. It's a middle finger to the millions of people who are unemployed or under-employed right now, including more than half a million young people, and could create a lost generation.
The Greens have got another plan - for a green recovery that creates hundreds of thousands of good jobs, ensures everyone has an income they can live on and creates a strong, clean economy by investing in the care economy, education, affordable housing, renewables and sustainable infrastructure. You can check it out here.
We'll keep fighting for a green recovery, and push to block the Liberals plan with everything we've got. AMA about the government's budget, our plan, or how we fix politics and the world in general.
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Edit: I've got to run to meet my colleagues - we're trying to figure out how to stop the government's tax cuts for millionaires. Tough when Labor's joining them, but it's gotta be done. Thanks for all the questions. Hope to come back again!