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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Labor calls on the Industry Minister, Greg Hunt, to release immediately the findings of the Anti-Dumping Commission’s report on the impact of Asian steel makers in the Australian market, which was handed to Government on 4 April 2016.
Dumping occurs when goods exported to Australia are priced below their normal value. An effective and responsive anti-dumping regime is critical to ensuring local businesses do not suffer injury as a result of goods from overseas being dumped in Australia.Read more
It has been reported today that Greg Hunt has instructed CSIRO’s executives and the board to put their focus back on climate science. This flip flopping on climate change is just another example of a government that doesn't know what it believes in or stands for.
$37 million over 10 years is a mere fraction of the $115 million that was ripped out of CSIRO over four years - it is grossly inadequate.
The announcement in February of cuts to climate research was shocking and attracted worldwide attention.
I am honoured to be re-appointed Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
I look forward to working with my fellow Shadow Assistant Ministers, Nick Champion MP and Tim Hammond MP, in these portfolios.
As more and more submissions to the Liberals’ VET FEE-HELP discussion paper are released by the experts of the sector, one underlying message from the last three years is clear - there is a crisis in the sector which has been ignored and mismanaged for far too long under this government.
Reform of the VET sector is still nowhere to be seen, with the sector receiving its fifth minister is just over three years.
Labor congratulates Greg Hunt on his appointment as the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.
One of Mr Hunt’s first priorities as Minister should be to immediately release the review of the R&D Tax Incentive and start working constructively with the sector to identify more suitable ways to target the scheme.
The Liberals’ budget measure to cut $860 million from the R&D Tax Incentive would reduce the rates of the refundable and non-refundable tax offsets by 1.5 per cent.Read more
Today Senator Birmingham has been given a second chance – a chance to end the assault on Australian universities and their students.
Having spent the entire campaign missing in action, he should go back to the drawing board and dump the plan for a 20 per cent funding cut to university teaching and $100,000 degrees.
Universities and students have a right to know if the Minister has learned the lessons of the past two years and whether he will push the pause button on damaging changes to higher education policy.Read more
Claims reported on ABC’s 730 last night that colleges were continuing to target vulnerable people using aggressive tactics must prompt the Liberals to finally act to stop the rorting.
Reports claiming that a “gong” goes off each time a “sale” is made in telemarketing centres, like something out of the Wolf of Wall Street which saw dodgy stockbrokers target vulnerable investors, is of great concern.Read more