SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY TAKEN OUT OF THE CABINET

The Turnbull Government has today removed science and industry from the Cabinet.

This is only the second time since 1931 we have a Commonwealth Government that doesn’t have a Minister for Science and on both occasions the position has been cut by a Liberal Government.

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MORE INNOVATION POLICY PARALYSIS FROM A DYSFUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENT

The annual report released today by the Chief Economist into the Australian Innovation System reveals an embarrassing story of failure for the Turnbull Government.

That’s why the release of this report had been delayed for several days without explanation and has now been made public on a day that will ensure their failings go unnoticed.  

Under this government business investment in research and development has, as the report describes, “declined sharply” falling by 12 per cent – or $2.2 billion – since 2013-14. 

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LIBERALS DESPERATE TO DODGE BLAME FOR AUTO CLOSURE

LIBERALS DESPERATE TO DODGE BLAME FOR AUTO CLOSURE

 

The comments made by Liberal MP Nicole Flint show just how out of touch Turnbull’s Liberals are when it comes to automotive manufacturing and the workers the industry sustained.

The Member for Boothby told parliament last night in a speech about the Holden closure that Labor and the unions had;

“left Australia with the most globally uncompetitive wages in the world and have effectively priced Australian workers out of the market. The most generous salaries and terms of conditions of employment are worth absolutely nothing if you don’t have a job.’’

Nicole Flint MP, Federation Chamber 23/10/17

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LABOR CALLS ON MALCOLM TURNBULL TO SUPPORT RETRENCHED MG DAIRY WORKERS

Murray Goulburn has announced that there will be a loss of approximately 70 manufacturing jobs across their Koroit, Cobram, Maffra and Leongatha sites.

Labor is dismayed by the news of further job losses at Murray Goulburn and our thoughts are with the workers, their families, and communities at this difficult time with Christmas just around the corner.

Labor has been calling on the Coalition Government and Murray Goulburn to act on the ongoing crisis in our dairy industry for over 12 months. 

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HOLDEN CLOSURE A DAY OF SHAME FOR TURNBULL & LIBERALS

HOLDEN CLOSURE A DAY OF SHAME FOR TURNBULL & LIBERALS

 

After 70 years of motor vehicle production in Australia, General Motors Holden will today close its Elizabeth manufacturing plant, ending car making in this country.

Labor’s thoughts are with the company’s 1000 employees, many of whom have worked at Holden their whole lives.

The closure of the automotive manufacturing plants and the loss of their workforces is a tragedy.

It is a tragedy for automotive supply chain firms, which face an uncertain future.

It is a tragedy for the Australians employed by those supply chain firms, many of whom will endure prolonged job instability. 

It is a tragedy for Australian advanced manufacturing, which relied heavily on the technological innovations developed by the automotive industry.

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SENATE CALLS FOR A NATIONAL RAIL MANUFACTURING PLAN

 

The Senate last night called for the establishment of a National Rail Manufacturing Plan to maximise the benefits for Australians from the $46 billion investment in rail expected over the next decade.  

While demand for new railcars is expected to grow by 11,000 in the next 30 years, it is critical we make the right choices now to ensure the manufacturing capabilities associated with their production remain in Australia supporting Australian jobs. 

The Plan should include a mechanism to remove the peaks and troughs in market demand, to create some certainty for manufacturers.

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LABOR CONGRATULATES WINNERS OF 2017 PRIME MINISTER’S PRIZES FOR SCIENCE

Labor congratulates the recipients of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, who were recognised at an awards ceremony at Parliament House last night.
 
Each of the recipients – Professor Jenny Graves AO, Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO, Professor Jian Yang, Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin, Mr Neil Bramsen and Mr Brett McKay – is an example of the outstanding talent that lies in Australia’s laboratories and classrooms.
 
These awards reflect the nation’s pride in the important contribution that science and research make in driving innovation across our economy and creating the jobs of the future.

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MICHAELIA CASH HAS NO IDEA ON SKILLS NEEDED FOR MANUFACTURING

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash’s comments this morning on the closure of Holden demonstrate that she has no understanding of the skills needed to participate in global value chains, the key to success in advanced manufacturing.

The Minister’s unsubstantiated assertions that $30 million in grants to 20 businesses in Victoria and South Australia means that ‘the future is a positive one’ shows her lack of understanding of the challenges Australia faces.

If our industries are to compete in the international market the skills of our workforce need to be improved. This will require a more effective skills system, but the Turnbull government has no such plan for skills. 

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ADDRESS TO SCIENCE MEETS BUSINESS

Professor Jim Piper, President of Science and Technology Australia; Ms Kylie Walker, Chief Executive Officer; Distinguished Guests.

Thank you for again inviting me to be part of this very important forum.

It is always a pleasure to speak to an audience drawn from the two parts of my portfolio, science and industry.

The connection between them is not an accidental one.

They are both fields of endeavour that expand – and realise – human aspiration.

Aspiration to understand the world of which we are a part, and aspiration to transform it for the betterment of all.

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LIBERALS UNDERMINE AUSTRALIA’S RESEARCH SYSTEM

Today’s announcement of an additional measurement of research in Australian universities – the Engagement and Impact Assessment 2018 - demonstrates the ignorance within the Turnbull Government about Australia’s world class research system.

This new research assessment is a confused and contradictory piece of public policy, which will undermine research excellence and can only be designed to appease the most reactionary elements of the right wing of the Liberal party

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