LABOR WARNS OF THREAT TO THE INDEPENDENCE OF AUSTRALIA’S ANTI-DUMPING COMMISSION

The Trade Minister Steven Ciobo must clarify his statement today where he said that the Anti-Dumping Commission’s decisions on the dumping of A4 copy paper from Indonesia were “being reviewed”.

The Minister’s remarks suggest he is interfering with the role of the independent Commission. 

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UNIVERSITIES TO LOSE INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

The Turnbull Government has foreshadowed a grim financial future for Australian universities.

At Senate Estimates this afternoon the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Birmingham, revealed that Australia’s universities will be left on their own to fund infrastructure, including for research.

Not only will the Government persist in trying to abolish the $3.7 billion Education Investment Fund, there will be no replacement.

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15 PER CENT OF AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE JOBS CUT BY LIBERALS

New analysis shows that almost 1,700 Australian scientists and researchers have lost their jobs as a result of the Abbott/Turnbull Liberals war on science since 2013.

Analysis of the annual reports of government bodies including the Bureau of Meteorology, the CSIRO, the Australian Research Council, Geoscience Australia, and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation reveals that employment in Australia’s major science and research agencies is 15 per cent lower than in 2013. 

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TURNBULL’S ENERGY CHAOS PUTTING MANUFACTURERS AT RISK

The Australian Industry Group’s (AiGroup) report Energy Shock: No Gas, No Power, No Future shows clearly that the Turnbull Government’s posturing on energy policy ignores the real crisis facing Australian manufacturers and their employees.

AiGroup warn that wholesale electricity prices are doubling, and wholesale gas prices are doubling and may well rise much further. 

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A ‘DO NOTHING’ GOVERNMENT ON AUSTRALIAN JOBS

The Liberals have revealed that they are a ‘do nothing’ government when it comes to using the $57 billion spent on Commonwealth procurement to create local jobs.

Answers to questions on notice from Senate Estimates shows that the numbers of Australian Industry Participation (AIP) plans approved by the Government have plummeted, from 97 in 2012 to zero in 2016.

 

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SINODINOS MISLEADS AUTO WORKERS

Senator Sinodinos has today been caught out cruelly misleading auto workers set to lose their jobs when Holden and Toyota close their production lines later this year, telling them that the Liberals’ Growth Fund is there to help them, when in fact the Growth Fund is unable to help workers or companies.  

In Senate Question Time today when asked what the Government was doing to help automotive workers when Holden and Toyota close later this year, the Minister said:

“We’ve had a $155 million Growth Fund, of which $100 million has come from the Federal Government…We are taking this very seriously…There’s a lot going on and a lot more that can be done through existing programs.”

                                                         Senate Question Time – 8 February 2017 

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SELF-INFLICTED BRAIN DRAIN CONTINUES 12 MONTHS ON

The Australian science and research community has still not recovered 12 months on from the assault that the Turnbull Liberals waged on the CSIRO.

Despite the Government’s rhetoric about the age of innovation and agility, the CSIRO has been subjected to unnecessary upheaval and anxiety with the unexpected announcement that divisions would be reduced and whole areas of research ceasing.

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LIBERALS PLAY POLITICS ON AUSSIE PAPER JOBS

Reports today have shown the double standards of the Turnbull Liberals when it comes to standing up for Australian jobs in the local paper industry.

 

In November 2016 the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Waters Resources, Senator Anne Rushton, wrote to all MPs calling on them to buy Australian made paper:

 

I make such choices in my office, and ensure I only use Australian made paper. If you are not doing so already I encourage you to support such purchases.”

Senator Ruston Letter to MPs and Senators

 

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DARK DAY FOR AUSTRALIAN AUTO JOBS

Today, Toyota Australia announced that 3 October 2017 will be the final day of vehicle production at its Altona plant in Victoria.

Labor’s thoughts are with workers at Toyota, their families and communities, as well as the hundreds of supply chain companies that rely on vehicle production for work.

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LIBERALS CLUELESS ON DIGITAL SKILLS

New evidence out today confirmed the Turnbull Government is asleep at the wheel when it comes to investing in innovation and leading the effort to re-skill Australia’s workforce for the digital economy.

New Microsoft Australia managing director, Steven Worrall, has identified innovation and skills as two areas where Australia must improve. He considers the problem so serious that he pledged to the Australian Financial Review that he would keep the government “honest” on the issue.

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