More Holden jobs go under the Abbott Government

Reports this evening that 300 Holden engineers will lose their jobs by year’s end are an inevitable consequence of the Abbott Government’s decision to close down the automotive industry in Australia.

Our thoughts are with the workers who are losing their jobs as a result of the Abbott Government goading GM Holden to cease manufacturing in Australia.

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Concerns over future of Cooperative Research Centres

The long-awaited terms of reference for the Abbott Government’s review of Cooperative Research Centres, released today, raise concerns about the future of the CRC program.

Established in 1990 under the Hawke Government, the CRC program is one of the great success stories of Australian research and innovation policy.

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Abbott Government’s threadbare industry policy

The Australian Financial Review report today on the Abbott Government’s long-awaited competitiveness agenda reveals how threadbare its policy on innovation and industry is.

This is a makeshift policy designed to cover up the fact that the Government has turned its back on heavy engineering and is concentrating on what it does best – exporting Aussie jobs. 

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Denso closure a tragedy for workers

The announcement that DENSO Automotive Systems Australia in Croydon, Victoria, will cease manufacturing operations in Australia, in line with the announced closures of the motor vehicle producers, is a tragedy.

Our thoughts are with the 290 workers who are losing their jobs, and their families.

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A degree shouldn’t be a debt sentence for UNSW students

Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr and the Member for Kingsford Smith, Matt Thistlethwaite MP, will today visit the University of New South Wales and meet with students and staff to discuss concerns about the Abbott Government’s higher education changes.

UNSW is facing a $204.5 million cut in course and research funding in 2016-2019 as a result of the Abbott Government’s broken promises on no cuts to education.

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Universities confirm Pyne’s package rotten at the core

Today’s statement by the Group of Eight and the Regional Universities Network gives the lie to Christopher Pyne’s claim that regional universities and low-income students are the big winners from his retrograde higher education package.

I can say that regional universities will be the biggest winners from this reform … 

[CHRISTOPHER PYNE - ABC RADIO, AM - 28 AUGUST 2014]

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One year of the Abbott Government: hollow promises from hollowmen

A year ago, Australians went to the polls with Tony Abbott’s promises ringing in their ears.

Among them was:

“I want to make it absolutely crystal clear. Overall health and education funding will be maintained.”

TONY ABBOTT PRESS CONFERENCE, SYDNEY 22 AUGUST 2013

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One year of the Abbott Government: one big lie to auto workers

One year ago Tony Abbott was elected, having promised –

I want to see car-making survive in this country, not just survive but flourish.

TONY ABBOTT – PRESS CONFERENCE, BRISBANE – 21 AUGUST 2013

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Melbourne Uni report confirms twice as long to repay HECS debts

New evidence backs in existing expert modelling showing the Abbott Government’s higher education changes will saddle students with massive debts, which some may never pay off.

The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research report predicts a doubling of the time required to repay HECS debts and warns that up to 40 per cent of women might never repay their HECS debt under the Government's proposal to charge a real rate of interest on HECS-HELP loans.

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Senate knocks back Abbott Govt's quick and dirty uni probe

The Senate today voted to send the Abbott Government’s retrograde higher education bill to an inquiry reporting on 28 October.

The Senate crossbench voted with Labor to reject the Government’s attempt to ram through a woefully inadequate inquiry to report on 22 September, opting instead to hold a proper inquiry.

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