Build Navy supply ships in Australia, Senate told

A Senate Inquiry into naval shipbuilding has today been told that two new Navy supply ships should be made in Australia.

The Abbott Government has excluded Australian companies from building the ships, sending potentially hundreds of ship building jobs offshore.

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Senate rejects $3.5 billion university infrastructure cut

The Senate today rejected a $3.5 billion cut to higher education infrastructure by saving the Education Investment Fund (EIF) from the Abbott Government’s chopping block.

Labor moved an amendment to retain the EIF which the Senate accepted.

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Hands off universities, science and innovation, Mr Hockey

Labor is calling on the Abbott Government to immediately rule out more cuts to Australia’s universities, our premier science institutions and our industries of the future, after the Treasurer said today he would look for more cuts to rescue his shambolic Budget.

Joe Hockey’s arrogant threats won’t hide the fact that he has failed to get his unfair Budget through the Parliament.

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Labor welcomes completion of science projects

Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Research Senator Kim Carr has welcomed the opening of the Australian National University’s space engineering facility at Mt Stromlo and its new Science Precinct.

“I’m delighted to see both these initiatives, built with investments made under the previous Labor Government, come to fruition,” Senator Carr said.

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Future of higher education in Bass remains in jeopardy

Shadow Minister for Higher Education Kim Carr and Labor Senator Helen Polley have today repeated calls for Bass Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic to stand up and defend the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

Today in Question Time, Senator Carr asked several searching questions of the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Senator Marissa Payne, about the future of regional higher education.

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Abbott’s exorbitant degrees a disaster for veterinary profession

The national organisation representing veterinarians has warned the Abbott Government its higher education changes could almost double the cost of veterinary science degrees and have a potentially disastrous impact on the profession.

Australian Veterinary Association modelling shows veterinary students could pay more than $270,000 for a degree and take 37 to 45 years to pay it off – an increase of $137,000 and nine to 17 years more than at present.

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Senate rejects $435 million university funding cut

The Senate today rejected a $435 million cut by the Abbott Government to Australia’s universities.

This measure precedes the $5.8 billion in cuts to universities and student support announced in the Budget – it would have been additional to the Government’s savage Budget cuts.

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E.I.P. spells R.I.P. for innovation support

The Abbott Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme (EIP) unveiled today is a feeble substitute for the highly successful Labor programs it axed in the Budget.

If Australian business innovators and entrepreneurs had been hoping the Government’s EIP would be a credible replacement for culled innovation programs, they will be sorely disappointed.

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Labor will fight Abbott Government’s war on science

Joint release with Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten

Labor will fight the Abbott Government’s extraordinary war on science as CSIRO workers today hold a national day of protest against the Abbott Government’s savage budget cuts to science.

We say to Australia’s dedicated scientists and researchers – you are not alone, Labor is with you in this fight.

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'Significant’ rises in uni fees: NATSEM research

University fee increases are likely to be “significant”, and repayments for some degrees, such as science, will triple and take double the time to pay off, modelling by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling at the University of Canberra reveals in an article in The Conversation today.

NATSEM says “the impact will be felt most strongly for low-pay occupations such as nursing or education, and across the board the impacts are larger for females”.

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