More porky pies from perfidious Pyne

Education Minister Christopher Pyne today conceded his higher education package will not pass the Senate.

This was the one note of reality in a speech that otherwise took the Abbott Government’s disregard for the truth to a new level by claiming the Coalition has kept its election promises on university funding. 

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New CSIRO research vessel destined for Hobart

News that CSIRO has formally taken possession of the research vessel RV Investigator has been welcomed by Shadow Minister for Research, Innovation and Industry Senator Kim Carr and Labor Senator for Tasmania Senator Carol Brown.

The vessel, which will be based in Hobart, was funded under Labor’s Super Science initiative in 2009, and handed over to CSIRO in Singapore yesterday.

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Tasmania will suffer from university’s $30 million annual cut

Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Payments Senator Carol Brown today met with University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor Peter Rathjen and hosted a round table in Hobart to discuss concerns about the Abbott Government’s higher education changes.

Senator Carr said the Abbott Government’s $30 million a year cut to UTAS funding was devastating for the university, for students and their families, and for Tasmania as a whole.

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No amount of tweaking will improve Pyne’s dud package

The architect of HECS, Professor Bruce Chapman, has confirmed that tinkering around the edges of the real interest rate on student debt will not address the fundamental unfairness of the Abbott Government’s higher education package.

As Professor Chapman said today, the Government’s changes would mean fees still had to go up by at least 30 to 40 per cent just to cover the Government’s  funding cuts – and possibly much more.

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Innovation inquiry draws 200 submissions to date

Submissions to a Senate inquiry into Australia’s innovation system have called for government-led cultural change to boost productivity, create more high-skill, high-wage jobs, enhance competitiveness and grow our economy. 

Almost 200 submissions to the Senate Economics Committee Inquiry into Australia’s Innovation System were received by yesterday’s deadline for submissions.

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BCA report a wake-up call for Abbott Government

Shadow Innovation and Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr has welcomed the Business Council of Australia’s call for government to play a key role in providing leadership in innovation policy.

“As highlighted by the Business Council of Australia yesterday, government has a key role to play in business growth, including through leadership on innovation policy and facilitating economic development,” Senator Carr said.

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Expert warns regional universities worst affected, Ballarat loses $42.5 million

One of Australia’s most respected higher education experts has spoken out about the dangers for regional students and low-income families of the Abbott Government’s radical changes to university funding.

Professor Kwong Lee Dow has warned that “whatever finally emerges from the political machinations with the Senate, students will be paying significantly more, and rural and regional students will be disproportionately affected”.

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Nikolic still not providing any promises on higher education

Shadow Minister for Higher Education Kim Carr and Labor Senator Helen Polley have once again asked Bass Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic to provide leadership on the future of the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

At today’s Tasmanian Labor State Conference in Launceston, a motion was successfully carried which opposed recent changes to the higher education sector by the Abbott Government.

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Further job losses at CSIRO

The news of further job losses at CSIRO, and the possible cessation of funding to the Parkes and Narrabri radio telescope facilities, is deeply concerning, Shadow Minister for Research Senator Kim Carr said today.

Senator Carr said the Abbott Government’s $115 million budget cut to CSIRO was biting hard and would have severe repercussions on CSIRO’s ability to continue its work in some areas.

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Dumping threatens quicklime industry jobs

Dumping of quicklime is threatening the local industry and Australian jobs, Shadow Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr warned today.

Senator Carr said quicklime producers have been waiting anxiously for almost three years for the conclusion of a long-standing anti-dumping investigation into cheap imports from Thailand from early 2010.

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