SUBJECTS: POLITICAL ATTACKS ON SCIENCE, THE FAILURES OF NEOLIBERALISM, WHY AUSTRALIA NEEDS A SPACE AGENCY

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RADIO INTERVIEW WITH LEON COMPTON
ABC TASMANIA
WEDNESDAY, 13 JULY 2017

SUBJECTS: POLITICAL ATTACKS ON SCIENCE, THE FAILURES OF NEOLIBERALISM, WHY AUSTRALIA NEEDS A SPACE AGENCY.

LEON COMPTON: Kim Carr is the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and he is in Launceston today to talk to business and unions about energy supply and prices, among other things. Kim Carr, good morning to you.

SENATOR KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR INNOVATION, INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH: And good morning to you.

COMPTON: Kim Carr, let’s start with the science underpinning fluoridisation in water. You represent the scientific fields, the NHMRC is definitive about its health benefits. What does it say about our respect for science in Australia in 2017 that so many people in Queensland can be persuaded that fluoride should be removed from their water?

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LABOR AWAITS DETAIL OF US IMPORT TARIFF DISCUSSIONS

Labor welcomes reports that the US is considering Australia’s request for an exemption from President Trump’s proposed harsh import tariffs – especially for steel and aluminium.

The import tariffs currently under consideration would be crippling for Bluescope Steel Australia which exports up to 400,000 tonnes of steel from Port Kembla to the United States.

This would also have a similar impact on Australia’s aluminium industry.    

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ARRIUM SALE - ALLIANCE

Labor welcomes the announcement of the sale of Arrium to the British GFG Alliance, guaranteeing the continuation of the Australian steel industry at scale and ending 15 months of uncertainty for the workforce and the people of Whyalla.

Labor remains committed to working with the new owners, the Commonwealth and South Australian Governments to ensure the long term future of the company and the Whyalla steel works.

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SUBJECTS: RAIL INDUSTRY, FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING, ENERGY PRICES.

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RADIO INTERVIEW
ABC RADIO CAPRICORNIA
TUESDAY, 4 JULY 2017

SUBJECTS: RAIL INDUSTRY, FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING, ENERGY PRICES.

INTERVIEWER: Labor Senator Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and a Senator from Victoria, addressed Rockhampton rail workers yesterday. And he will meet with leaders of heavy industry in Gladstone.

Mr Carr actually has some history in the region. He attended  high school in Gladstone in the 1960s, his father was a boilermaker so he was probably there for part of the construction [indistinct].

He explained to me his message to Aurizon workers, who are being made redundant by the decision to shut down Rockhampton’s railworks.

SENATOR KIM CARR: Well we are saying that there is no need to have this situation. We can produce the necessary jobs in this country in the rail industry. After all, we have been producing trains in regional Queensland for 150 years.

INTERVIEWER: Aurizon have said that their stopping what they’re doing here.  They’re shifting it other places which are more convenient for them and fits more in line with whatever their strategic objectives are. So while jobs have been lost here, there have been jobs created at Sarina.

 

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SUBS MUST LEAD TO LOCAL JOBS

Another Liberal backflip will see fewer jobs from Australia’s $50 billion Future Submarine Program going to Australian workers.

The Liberals’ promise that 90 per cent of the submarine build will happen in Australia has been contradicted at a Senate hearing this week.

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SCIENCE A CRITICAL INVESTMENT FOR AGRICULTURE

Labor welcomes the release of Grow. Make. Prosper; The Decadal Plan for Australian Agriculture.

The report is the work of the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

As the report points out, it is time to put a greater emphasis on the importance of better communication and collaboration of science, R&D, big data analysis and innovation in the agriculture sector.  

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ARRIUM SALE

Labor welcomes KordaMentha’s announcement today that Newlake Alliance and JB Asset Management with support from the POSCO company has been named as the preferred bidder in the sale process of steel maker Arrium.

The Administrators will move to finalise the sale contract pending approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

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FINKEL BACKS UP EIS SUPPORT

During Senate Estimates today Chief Scientist Alan Finkel has once again highlighted that an Emissions Intensity Scheme (EIS) is the way to reach our commitments under the Paris Agreements:

"The commitment that we've made is for a 26 to 28 per cent reduction by 2030 of emissions on a 2005 baseline. Now you can get to that by having a system that involves a certain level of renewable generation. You can get to that by having a system that controls the emissions intensity if you know what the demand will be.

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CONFIRMED: COALITION BOTCHES 457 POLICY

Immigration Senate Estimates has seen nothing but buck passing and denial from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in response to industry led concerns about the Turnbull Government’s recent 457 policy announcement.

The Turnbull Government is all over the place on temporary skilled migration and is already walking away from their 457 “crackdown” and looking to add jobs to the skilled migration visa list as part of a review.

The Government claims they consulted with the Ministerial Advisory Council for Skilled Migration (MASCM) but this has been disputed by a member of that committee who later resigned over the lack on consultation.

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BARNABY JOYCE’S DEPARTMENT ALL OVER THE SHOP ON PLANT BIOSECURITY

Responses from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources about the New Plant Biosecurity Partnership will be alarming to our plant industries.

Senator Carr asked a very simple question to the department about what will happen to plant biosecurity once the Plant Biosecurity CRC comes to a close and this is what the Senate Estimates committee was told:

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