Productivity Commission’s report on auto industry

The Productivity Commission’s report into Australian car makers has shown once again that the Abbott Government’s open hostility and contempt are at the core of the problem for car manufacturing.

No other government would goad a major employer and contributor to the national economy to leave its shores. Our competitors certainly wouldn’t do this.

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Pyne's university funding blackmail

Christopher Pyne’s shameless attempt to blackmail the Senate is a disgrace.

Threatening to cut research funding to our universities unless the Senate passes his deeply unfair changes to higher education is extortion.

This blatant and dishonourable tactic reveals just how callous, short-sighted and ideologically driven these changes are.

Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne are ripping away the opportunity of a university education and a good job from young Australians.

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A year on: Tony Abbott’s auto industry promise in tatters

One year ago today Tony Abbott made a solemn promise to Australia’s automotive manufacturers. 

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

TONY ABBOTT - PRESS CONFERENCE, BRISBANE - 21 AUGUST 2013

 What a difference a year makes.

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Abbott Government fails blue collar workers – again

The Abbott Government’s disconnect from blue collar workers is again evident amid fears Holden could close early because of funding cuts.

In response to comments this week from Holden’s Managing Director, Gerry Dorizas, that component suppliers were in “dire straits”, Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said these firms could apply for a slice of the $20 million Automotive Diversification Programme.

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Abbott Government fails the nation on science

The Abbott Government’s complete lack of understanding of science and its disregard for science policy has again been on display this week.

This week we have seen further egregious examples of how the Abbott Government is failing Australia in terms of science:

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

Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr will today visit the University of Canberra to meet students and staff as part of Labor’s ‘A Degree Shouldn’t Be a Debt Sentence’ campaign.

This week, around Australia, staff and students are taking part in campus events and being asked to sign an online petition as part of the campaign against the Abbott Government’s radical and unfair higher education package.

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A degree shouldn’t be a debt sentence

Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr will today join students and staff at the University of Melbourne to launch a campaign on campuses across Australia to fight Tony Abbott’s debt sentence on university students.

Mr Shorten said the Abbott Government’s radical and unfair higher education agenda would shatter the dream of a university degree for many students and their families.

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Time to pack in Pyne package

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer’s categorical statement that his party will not vote for deregulation of university fees in the Senate is the latest signal for the Abbott Government to withdraw its unfair higher education package, Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr said today.

“Without the Senate’s support for his unfair changes and deregulation, Pyne’s package is a dead duck,” Senator Carr said.

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A cock-eyed idea in search of a policy

Basing grants to university researchers on the number of patents registered is the latest cock-eyed idea to emerge from the Abbott Government, the Shadow Research, Innovation and Industry Minister, Senator Kim Carr, said today.

“This is another ill-considered proposal which was flagged in The Australian today from a Government with no science minister, no innovation strategy, and no grasp of science or research policy,” Senator Carr said.

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Pyne’s higher education package will take Australia backwards

Shadow Minister for Higher Education Senator Kim Carr said the public was being misled by claims that reduced funding by “successive governments” meant universities had no option but to accept the Abbott Government’s move to deregulate fees.

“The Abbott Government is peddling mistruths about funding because they desperately want to Americanise our university sector,” said Senator Carr.

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