MINISTER MUST ACT ON ANTI-DUMPING

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.

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A NEWSPAPER HEADLINE WILL NOT SAVE CSIRO JOBS

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.

 

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SHADOW MINISTRY

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.

 

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VET EXPERTS AGREE SYSTEM IS IN CRISIS AND GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED TO ACT

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.

 

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MEMO TO NEW MINISTER: TIME TO RE-THINK CUTS TO R&D

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.

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MINISTER MUST ABANDON ASSAULT ON UNIVERSITIES AND STUDENTS

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. 

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SHONKY BEHAVIOUR CONTINUES UNDER LIBERALS’ GROSS MISMANAGEMENT

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.

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STILL NO WORD ON EDUCATION AND TRAINING FROM THE LIBERALS

It’s election eve and the Liberals have failed to engage in any election policy debate on their education and training policies.

Simon Birmingham this week admitted that the Liberals’ plan for higher education is to introduce fee deregulation and $100,000 degrees after the election, despite not actually talking about it during the campaign.

Senator Birmingham has done his very best to hide the Liberals’ true intentions to cut university funding by 20 per cent, slug students with $100,000 degrees, and Americanise higher education at taxpayers’ expense.

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MADE IN AUSTRALIA

Labor will invest in Australian made goods and services, boosting our competitive advantage, and backing our businesses and people.

Goods and services made in Australia support local jobs, whether they are for domestic sale or for export. Labor knows that with the right policies, and the right settings, our businesses can compete and win in the global market place.

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LABOR’S POSITIVE VISION FOR AUSTRALIA’S SCIENCE FUTURE

A Shorten Labor Government will repair the damage inflicted on Australian science and research by the Abbott-Turnbull Liberals.  

Today, Labor announces a suite of programs to support science and research in the national interest, including: 

  • Restoring university research funding and supporting regional universities to increase their research effort.
  • Increasing support for proven programs that encourage researchers and industry to work together to build the jobs of the future.
  • Securing the future of Australian biosecurity research.
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