Australia’s science and research future gutted

“I’m pleased to pledge the incoming Government to continue to support science to the fullest extent possible.”

TONY ABBOTT - PM’S PRIZES FOR SCIENCE DINNER - 31 OCTOBER 2013

Australia’s Science and research future has been gutted by crippling cuts to the science and research sector, including to the nation’s premier science agency, CSIRO.

The massive cuts to the major science and research agencies – at least $878 million – come on top of more than $5 billion slashed from higher education.

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Abbott government betrays students

“The Coalition has no plans to increase university fees.”

CHRISTOPHER PYNE - MEDIA RELEASE – 26 AUGUST 2012 

“I want to give people this absolute assurance, no cuts to education …”

TONY ABBOTT - INSIDERS – 1 SEPTEMBER 2013

 The Abbott Government’s first Budget marks the end of fair and affordable higher education, and a betrayal of Australian students and their families.

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Abbott's ideology out in the open as Budget day looms

In Broadmeadows, on Melbourne’s outer industrial edge, last Friday a new $257 million biotech research and development facility specialising in a range of life-saving drug therapies for rare and serious diseases, including cancer, was unveiled. 

As the former Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and a backer of the project when it was first announced in 2010, I was delighted to be there and to see the results of Labor’s $50 million co-investment in CSL Behring’s new, world-class facility.

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Labor co-investment reaps rewards in Broadmeadows

The results of Labor’s support for strategic co-investment were on display today at the official opening of CSL’s $257 million Biotechnology Manufacturing Facility in Broadmeadows, Victoria.

Federal Labor and Labor State Government co-investment was instrumental in realising the project. In 2010, the Federal Labor Government committed $30 million to the project, and the Victorian State Labor Government almost $20 million.

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Abbott Government to break promise on university fees

“The Coalition has no plans to increase university fees.”

[CHRISTOPHER PYNE - MEDIA RELEASE - 26 AUGUST 2012]

The Abbott Government will go back on its word not to slug students with higher university costs as Education Minister Christopher Pyne prepares the ground for fee deregulation.

Despite earlier promises not to raise fees, it is now clear that the Abbott Government plans to shift a larger burden of university costs on to students and their families.

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Innovation in jeopardy if cuts go ahead

Budget cuts to long-term innovation and industry assistance programs will come at a cost to the nation’s economy, Shadow Research, Innovation and Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr warned today.

“There is widespread anxiety in the business community and start-up sector that the Abbott Government will slash programs which support innovation and business growth in the Australian economy,” Senator Carr said. 

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Death knell for Australian manufacturing

The Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit recommendations would sound the death toll for Australian manufacturing, sending thousands of Australian jobs offshore, Shadow Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr warned today.

“These proposals would undermine our capacity to export goods and services, and replace it with a blueprint to export jobs,” Senator Carr said. 

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Average young Aussies will suffer if Abbott remains on reckless trajectory towards privatisation

The Abbott Government is set to shift a larger burden of the cost of higher education on to the shoulders of students and their families.

If, as seems likely, the Government accepts the recommendations of the Kemp-Norton review, the inevitable outcome is clear privatisation of higher education by stealth.

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