Christina Hobbs Issues Debate Challenge to Liberal Senator

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ACT Greens Senate candidate Christina Hobbs will tomorrow be joined by Greens leader Richard Di Natale to challenge Zed Seselja to a debate on the impact on federal budget to Canberra.

"If this was the Turnbull Government's attempt at a fair budget, then it has failed. I was flabbergasted to hear Zed Seselja referring to this budget as being 'good' for Canberrans" said ACT Greens senate candidate Christina Hobbs.

"The Department of Human Services and Department of Social Services alone will lose over 1000 jobs off the back of the budget, those cuts will take a sledge hammer to our safety net services, which are already under-resourced.

"Canberra is a city for people of all ages, but this budget disproportionately hurts older and younger members in our community with cuts to aged care services, housing and universities.

"True to its anti-science agenda, the Turnbull Government has also locked in Tony Abbott’s $1.3 billion cuts from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and has failed to stand up for the CSIRO. Along with plans to cut 20 per cent of funding from Canberra’s universities, this will be a major blow to learning and innovation in Canberra.

"At the same time, the fossil fuel industry continues to get over $20 billion in subsidies. The mining industry will also get another $100 million for exploration to dig up more fossil fuels.

"The Greens are the only party with the courage to oppose giving more tax cuts to big polluters and the very wealthy [1] at the expense of ordinary Australians.

"Instead of throwing billions of dollars to mega fossil fuel companies, Zed Seselja and the Liberal Party should prioritise using our tax dollars to provide the basic public and community services that support real people.

"Canberrans have a real choice this election. I'm asking Zed Seselja to debate me on the impact of this budget - and explain to the people of Canberra why they should vote for someone who will go along with continued cuts to our public and community sectors," said Ms Hobbs.

*Ms Hobbs will joined by Greens leader Richard di Natale to issue her call for a debate at 9.15am, Thursday 12 May (tomorrow) in front of University House.*

Media Contact: Maiy Azize – 0421 281 400 or maiy.azize@act.greens.org.au

[1] http://adam-bandt.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-oppose-income-tax-cuts-company-tax-cuts-big-business