LABOR CONGRATULATES WINNERS OF 2017 PRIME MINISTER’S PRIZES FOR SCIENCE

Labor congratulates the recipients of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, who were recognised at an awards ceremony at Parliament House last night.
 
Each of the recipients – Professor Jenny Graves AO, Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds AO, Professor Jian Yang, Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin, Mr Neil Bramsen and Mr Brett McKay – is an example of the outstanding talent that lies in Australia’s laboratories and classrooms.
 
These awards reflect the nation’s pride in the important contribution that science and research make in driving innovation across our economy and creating the jobs of the future.

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MICHAELIA CASH HAS NO IDEA ON SKILLS NEEDED FOR MANUFACTURING

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash’s comments this morning on the closure of Holden demonstrate that she has no understanding of the skills needed to participate in global value chains, the key to success in advanced manufacturing.

The Minister’s unsubstantiated assertions that $30 million in grants to 20 businesses in Victoria and South Australia means that ‘the future is a positive one’ shows her lack of understanding of the challenges Australia faces.

If our industries are to compete in the international market the skills of our workforce need to be improved. This will require a more effective skills system, but the Turnbull government has no such plan for skills. 

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ADDRESS TO SCIENCE MEETS BUSINESS

Professor Jim Piper, President of Science and Technology Australia; Ms Kylie Walker, Chief Executive Officer; Distinguished Guests.

Thank you for again inviting me to be part of this very important forum.

It is always a pleasure to speak to an audience drawn from the two parts of my portfolio, science and industry.

The connection between them is not an accidental one.

They are both fields of endeavour that expand – and realise – human aspiration.

Aspiration to understand the world of which we are a part, and aspiration to transform it for the betterment of all.

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LIBERALS UNDERMINE AUSTRALIA’S RESEARCH SYSTEM

Today’s announcement of an additional measurement of research in Australian universities – the Engagement and Impact Assessment 2018 - demonstrates the ignorance within the Turnbull Government about Australia’s world class research system.

This new research assessment is a confused and contradictory piece of public policy, which will undermine research excellence and can only be designed to appease the most reactionary elements of the right wing of the Liberal party

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LIBERALS’ GRANTS STILL LEAVE MANY AUTO FIRMS IN THE LURCH

The Liberals’ announcement of the first round of Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund recipients lays bare the complete inadequacy of the government’s support for those affected by the shutdown of the automotive industry.

This demonstrates yet again that the Liberals decision to withdraw assistance from automotive plants has left automotive communities in the lurch. 

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LABOR $1 BILLION BOOST FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING JOBS

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $1 billion in Australian advanced manufacturing to support Australian industries, grow Australian businesses and create Australian jobs.

Labor’s Australian Manufacturing Future Fund will support innovative Australian manufacturing firms who want to grow their businesses and create jobs, but who might find it difficult to obtain private sources of finance.

This is all about Australian jobs. While Turnbull and his Liberals give tax handouts to multinationals and millionaires, Labor is backing Aussie businesses that make things in Australia, by Australians.

 

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LABOR WILL BETTER PROTECT AUSTRALIANS IN THEIR HOMES AND WORKPLACES

A Shorten Labor Government will better protect Australians in their homes and workplaces by improving fire safety in buildings, including:

 

·                     The establishment of a national licencing scheme for all building practitioners, with requirements for continued professional development.

·                     A new penalties regime for all building practitioners who breach the National Construction Code. 

·                     The re-establishment of the Minister for Industry – not the Assistant Minister – as the Chair of the Building Ministers’ Forum.

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LAUNDY OUT OF HIS DEPTH ON CLADDING

Labor is deeply disturbed that the Turnbull Liberals will not back Labor’s plan to protect Australians in their homes and workplaces by banning the importation of highly flammable polyethylene (PE) cladding. 

Assistant Minister Laundy has refused the advice of the fire authorities and building industry to prevent this product entering the Australian market. Labor, however, has listened and will impose a ban as matter of urgency upon taking office.

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SHORTEN LABOR GOVERNMENT WILL BAN THE IMPORTATION OF FLAMMABLE CLADDING

The Turnbull Government must commit to banning the importation of highly flammable polyethylene (PE) cladding to protect Australians in their homes and workplaces. 

If Mr Turnbull fails to act, a Shorten Labor Government will impose a ban as matter of urgency upon taking office.

Malcolm Turnbull has the perfect opportunity to gain the states’ support on banning the importation of PE aluminium composite panels when the Building Ministers’ Forum meets tomorrow.  

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TURNBULL AND ABBOTT SEND AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOTIVE JOBS OVERSEAS

Today, 2500 auto workers will lose their jobs as Toyota closes its assembly plant at Altona in Victoria.

On October 20, Holden will shut its Elizabeth plant, with an expected loss of nearly 1000 jobs overseas.

This is a sad day for these thousands of workers and their families, and it's a sad day for Australia.

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