LABOR’S $20 MILLION UNI PLEDGE TO TRANSFORM WESTERN SYDNEY INTO A GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY POWERHOUSE

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $20 million to transform Western Sydney into a global food security powerhouse, putting Australia at the cutting edge of research on hardier crops, nutrition, and biosafety.

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SCOMO HAS NOTHING TO OFFER CAIRNS BUT A TWO YEAR OLD ANNOUNCEMENT


Today that Prime Minister flew into Cairns with nothing to offer the people of Tropical North Queensland but a two-year-old election promise that has still not been fulfilled.

He said that he was in Cairns:

“to announce that the $10 million that we're putting into this innovation centre, that cheque is on the way. I come and I have commitments to make.  I haven't come to make other promises today.”

Scott Morrison MP, 4 September 2018

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VALE LAURIE CARMICHAEL

Born in Coburg in 1925, Laurie was a graduate of Brunswick Technical School and, as he would have said, of the Williamstown naval dockyards. Working as a fitter, he became a socialist by instinct as much as by his reading of Marx and other theorists. He saw everyday how working people were oppressed, and understood that they could only end that oppression by organising industrially and politically.

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YET ANOTHER MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY AND SCIENCE

Labor congratulates Karen Andrews MP on her appointment today as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.
 
Karen Andrews is the 6th Coalition Minister for Industry and Science in only five years.

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HOLDEN INVESTMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Labor welcomes today’s announcement by General Motors that it will increase its design and engineering staff at Port Melbourne by 150.
 
This investment is a significant commitment to Australia and recognises that Australia is still a world leader when it comes to automotive design and engineering.      

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PYNE’S SHIPBUILDING PLAN SEES EVEN MORE ASC JOBS GO

After months of insisting that there is job security at the Osborne shipyards Christopher Pyne has let down South Australia once again as 93 more jobs are set to go from ASC.   

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LABOR WILL NOT PRIVATISE PUBLIC GOOD RESEARCH

A Shorten Labor Government will ensure that public good research will be led by Australia’s world leading research agencies.
 
Revelations this week – in National Science Week – have uncovered the sham that Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg have entered into to justify the unorthodox $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF). This grant effectively sidelines our expert research agencies such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

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LABOR WILL GIVE MANUFACTURERS THE TOUGH ANTI-DUMPING PROTECTIONS THEY NEED

A Shorten Labor Government will protect Australian jobs by making it easier for local manufacturing firms to take effective action against the dumping of below cost foreign goods into Australia.
 
Dumping is cheating and is a particular problem for Australia’s steel industry.
 
The announcement by the United States of a 25 per cent tariff on imported steel from a number of other countries increases the threat of more steel being dumped in Australia, putting further pressure on an industry already feeling the impact of a glut of foreign steel production.

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FUTURE FRIGATES

Labor welcomes the announcement of BAE as the successful tender for the Future Frigates program.  This announcement is a significant milestone in this project, which was initiated by the former Labor Government in 2009.

 
BAE is a world-class partner for Australia to build the next generation of frigates. They have a proud history of delivering capabilities that have helped keep Australia safe, and Labor is sure they will do so with the frigates as well.

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SENATE REPORT CALLS FOR A NATIONAL SHIPBUILDING PLAN

Australia needs a National Shipbuilding Plan for civil as well as defence vessels, with a sovereign Australian industry, built by Australian workers according to the final report of the Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry, tabled today.
 
At a minimum, all vessels procured by the Commonwealth, scientific and research vessels, Federal Police, customs and border protection vessels, and agriculture vessels should comply with the same requirements as naval procurements, devised in the national interest.  

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