HUNT’S UNFUNDED GRAND GESTURE

In light of the Liberals’ spectacular cuts to funding and jobs at CSIRO, Minister Hunt’s heroic pronouncements are simply more Turnbull Government gushing with no substance.

Minister Hunt says he wants CSIRO to become the “world’s premier public research organisation”  yet this can be no more than empty rhetoric coming after $3 billion in Liberal cuts from science, research and innovation since taking power.

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STEPHEN CONROY: A GREAT LABOR WARRIOR

The Australian Senate will be a diminished place without the presence of Stephen Conroy.

He is known on our side of politics as a devoted servant of the ALP and the broader Labor movement.

And he is known to everyone in the Senate as a witty, passionate, and when the occasion required, fierce debater.

In the history of this nation he will always be remembered as the architect of the National Broadband Network, when he was Communications Minister in the former Labor Government.

I am honoured that he chose to mention me in his resignation speech. He said that our working relationship was based on trust and mutual respect, and so it was.

Stephen was a factional rival, the fiercest of opponents. He became the most loyal of allies.

Without him, it is possible that the ALP in Victoria could have been mired in defeat.

But with him it became the most successful and the most stable branch in the country – an example for other states.

For those of us who have worked alongside him in Parliament, this is a parting.

But for Stephen it is a new beginning. I wish him all the best in the next phase of his life.

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PYNE BLAMES PUBLIC SERVICE FOR HIS OWN ELECTION PROMISE

Former Education Minister Christopher Pyne is in damage control this morning after shamelessly blaming the public service for implementing the Liberals’ election promise of expanding the streamlined visa processing (SPV) program.

 

Reports today show the Government opened up the streamlined visa processing (SPV) after receiving donations from the Top Education Institute.

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LIBERALS MUST NOW REBUILD CSIRO’S DAMAGED REPUTATION

Industry and Science Minister Greg Hunt, and reappointed CEO Dr Larry Marshall now have a long road ahead to rebuild CSIRO's international reputation following years of damage and instability.

Dr Marshall has a huge task ahead to turn the organisation around, rebuilding public confidence and repairing staff morale after savage cuts to staff, funding and research programs.

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MINISTER HUNT MUST LISTEN TO EXPERTS AND ACT ON ANTI-DUMPING

The Industry Minister, Greg Hunt, should release the “updated” Anti-Dumping Commission’s report on the impact of overseas steel makers in the Australian market prior to Friday’s International Trade Remedies Forum (ITRF) to allow the ITRF to properly do its job.

 

The Anti-Dumping Commission’s report has been sitting with the Liberals since 4 April 2016. It has spent so much time gathering dust, the Liberals have been forced to send it back to the Commission to be updated.

The ITRF provides Government with an opportunity to hear directly from industry about real world economics that are adversely affecting Australian workers and industry.

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STEEL REPORT MUST BE RELEASED BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

The Liberals must immediately release the Anti-Dumping Commission’s report into the impact of overseas steel makers in the Australian market.

 

The report was handed to Government on 4 April 2016 and since then the Liberals have done nothing but sit on the report. 

 

Australia does not have time to waste when it comes to securing the future of our steel industry.     

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MEMO TO NEW MINISTER: IT’S NOT YOUR JOB TO TALK DOWN AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY

It is not the job of the Australian Industry Minister to talk down Australian manufacturing industries, rather than support and advocate for them.

Once again Industry Minister Greg Hunt seems to have missed the memo: having earlier this week said he would redefine the idea of innovation, he has now told struggling industries that he is “raising the drawbridge” on government support.    

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GOVERNMENT INNOVATION REVIEWS STILL MISSING IN ACTION

Two critical Government reviews - into the R&D Tax Incentive and Research Infrastructure - remain missing in action, despite both having been completed and sitting on various Minsters’ desks for months.    

 

The Turnbull Government commissioned a review of the R&D Tax Incentive last year, supposedly to identify ways to improve the scheme’s effectiveness. 

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RESEARCH EXCELLENCE BOOSTS AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY RANKINGS

Labor congratulates the Australian universities improving the nation’s performance in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, propelled by their successes in research.

 

The unprecedented concentration of Australian institutions in the top 100 is an outstanding result, a testament to the years of record support for university research under the previous Labor Government.

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ROUND THREE OF THE LIBERAL’S INNOVATION AGENDA

Greg Hunt’s comments  in The Australian today that he is “redefining the idea of innovation to apply to all business, old and new” and that it “relates to existing businesses,” heralds the Liberal’s third innovation agenda in just three years.

First the word “innovation” was banned under Tony Abbott. Then it went to being ubiquitous under Malcolm Turnbull. Now the new Minister for Innovation is trying to steal Labor’s clothes.

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