INDUSTRY MINISTER MUST ACT, NOT JUST TALK, TO FIX COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE CRISIS

Today the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews MP, finally announced “changes” that would allow Australian complementary medicine manufacturers to continue to use the Australian Made logo.
 
The announcement comes as the Morrison Government is about to cross the threshold from unofficial nightwatchman government to official caretaker government.

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BUSINESS R&D SPENDING FALLS BY NEARLY 30 PER CENT IN THREE YEARS UNDER LIBS

This Budget offers nothing for the industries and jobs of Australia’s future.
 
Budget figures show that the Government's own targets for business expenditure on research and development has fallen by $5.3 billion in the past three financial years.

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LABOR’S PLAN TO CREATE A CLEANER AUSTRALIA

A Shorten Labor Government will make Australia a world leader in tackling plastic use and boosting recycling – investing $290 million to cut waste and handing on a cleaner Australia for the next generation.
 
Labor will protect our vulnerable wildlife and reduce the amount of waste generated by putting in place a national ban on plastic products like microbeads and single-use plastic bags.
 

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GOVERNMENT MUST GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD ON R&D TAX INCENTIVE

This afternoon the Government-dominated Senate Economics Legislation Committee took the highly unusual step of making a unanimous recommendation to the Senate that it defer the consideration of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018 pending further refinement.
 
The committee said that on the weight of evidence presented to it, the committee considers that the bill should not proceed until there is further consideration of the R&D tax incentive measures.

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Bernard (Barney) Cornelius Cooney, 11 July1934 - 9 February2019

Bernard (Barney) Cornelius Cooney, 11 July 1934 - 9 February 2019

Senator for Victoria 1985-2002

Barney Cooney will be remembered as a great defender of the union movement and advocate of workers’ rights; as a great champion of the role of the Senate and its committee system; and as a prominent member of the generation of Labor politicians who cast off the legacy of the 1950s Split and prepared the way for the party’s return to power in the state and nationally.

 

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ANDREWS MUST DELIVER AT BUILDING MINISTERS’ FORUM

Industry Minister Karen Andrews MP must act decisively on building fire safety at tomorrow’s meeting of building industry ministers (the Building Ministers’ Forum) in Hobart.

People have a right to be safe in their homes and workplaces, and Australians rightly expect our buildings to be safe and structurally sound.

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LABOR WELCOMES THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHIEF DEFENCE SCIENTIST

Labor welcomes the announcement today that Professor Tanya Munro will be Australia’s next Chief Defence Scientist, the first woman appointed to that role. 

Professor Munro is a highly distinguished physicist, is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia and is an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow.   

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LOCAL PROJECTS. LOCAL JOBS: LABOR’S NATIONAL PROCUREMENT PLAN

A Shorten Labor Government will boost local jobs by ensuring more government contracts and major projects are delivered by local businesses, bringing significant economic benefit to communities in Queensland and around Australia.
 
Under a Labor Government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs plan, more government investment will be spent on local businesses and local jobs – not multinationals that don’t care about locals and don’t pay tax in Australia.

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RESEARCH A BIG CASUALTY IN LIBERALS’ MID-YEAR ECONOMIC UPDATE

Outstanding Australian research is at serious risk thanks to the Liberals’ $328 million of cuts, revealed today in their mid-year economic update.

Australian researchers have produced some incredible inventions such as the cochlear ear implant, WiFi, and a vaccine for cervical cancer.  

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TEHAN GOES MISSING PUTTING RESEARCH JOBS AT RISK

Jobs, livelihoods and Australia’s innovation system are being placed at risk by Education Minister, Dan Tehan’s refusal to approve $300 million in grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC).
 
The Minister seems more than capable of holding a crisis meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the Liberals’ Victorian wipe out, but is incapable of following the advice of the ARC and approving these grants.    

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