Tony Abbott snubs his own science council

After one year in office, Tony Abbott has not once convened the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC).

Last week, while visiting the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Tony Abbott proclaimed: “This is a government which is dedicated to science.

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Budget tables confirm savage science cuts

Budget tables belatedly released today confirm the Abbott Government’s savage cuts to science, research and innovation.

The Australian Government’s Science, Research and Innovation Tables (SRI) for 2014-2015 show the Abbott Government is ripping almost $400 million from science, research and innovation funding in just one year.

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Mirabella’s spectre haunts Australian manufacturing

Australia’s manufacturing sector, already suffering a loss of confidence, would hardly be cheered by the latest half-hearted program furtively introduced by the Abbott Government.

The same hastily cobbled together program was pulled out of the hat by then Shadow Industry Minister Sophie Mirabella shortly before the election.

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Labor welcomes Chief Scientist’s report

Labor welcomes today’s release of the Chief Scientist’s report on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future.

Professor Ian Chubb’s important report points out – not for the first time – that “Australia is now the only country in the OECD not to have a current national strategy that bears on science and/or technology and/or innovation” (p. 10).

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Labor urges separate bill for non-controversial higher ed measures

Labor will vote against the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill in its entirety.

Labor will not countenance a plan that would slash university funding, lead to $100,000 degrees, and impose a real interest rate on HECS.

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'No cuts to education' – one year on

A year ago today Tony Abbott promised no cuts to education.

 “I want to give people this absolute assurance, no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no changes to pensions and no changes to the GST.”

 TONY ABBOTT – ABC INSIDERS – 1 SEPTEMBER 2013

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Abbott Govt continues vendetta against Australian auto workers

The Abbott Government needs to explain why it ditched the Australian car maker GM Holden in favour of a German company when it awarded BMW a $6.2 million contract for armoured VIP limousines.

The Government’s claim that Holden failed to bid for the contract for the protected vehicles is incorrect.

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Labor says no to the Abbott Government’s $100,000 degrees

Today saw the introduction into Parliament of the Abbott Government’s higher education legislation paving the way for $100,000 degrees and the Americanisation of our universities.

Significantly, exactly one year ago today, the Prime Minister promised Australians:

“No cuts to education.”

TONY ABBOTT – ROOTY HILL PEOPLE’S FORUM – 28 AUGUST 2013

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Research programs to shut down on Tony Abbott’s watch

New analysis of the Abbott Government’s Budget shows extensive cuts to research and science programs, making a mockery of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claim that he is “devoted to research”.

As a result of the Budget, CSIRO research programs into bowel cancer – the second largest cause of cancer deaths in Australia – will cease completely.  CSIRO research in the neurosciences – including critical research into Alzheimer’s, dementia and other diseases affecting growing numbers of Australia’s ageing population – will also be shut down entirely. 

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Reopen tender for navy supply ships to include Australian firms, says Senate

A Senate Inquiry has today recommended that the tender process for two Royal Australian Navy supply ships be reopened to include Australian companies.

The Coalition excluded Australian companies from tendering to build these ships, with the work instead sent offshore to Spain or South Korea.

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