NEW CEO OF THE AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL

Labor congratulates Professor Sue Thomas on her appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC).

 

This is a good appointment; Professor Thomas should enjoy the confidence of the research community upon whose voluntary labour the ARC depends on to work effectively.   

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AUSTRALIA MARCHES FOR SCIENCE

Labor supports the aims of the March for Science, an international movement advocating for the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge.

 

It is a disgrace that scientists and friends of science must take to the streets to defend the values of curiosity driven discovery, and the role of expertise in society.

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ACCC WARNING TO TURNBULL: INACTION ON GAS CRISIS WILL COST JOBS

The ACCC chairman, Rod Sims, has confirmed what industrial gas users have been saying for months: the Turnbull Government’s gas crisis will see industry closures and job losses.

 

Speaking yesterday Mr Sims said the gas crisis now represents “the worst-case scenario.”

 

“We thought the market was going to get tight but this is worse than we expect.

 

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PAPER INDUSTRY JUST WANTS A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

Labor welcomes the announcement by Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy that he has accepted the recommendations of the Anti-Dumping Commissioner on dumped imports of A4 copy paper. 

 

The Assistant Minister has finally acknowledged that Australian industry has been harmed by goods being sold in Australia below their normal value.

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LIBERALS NOW OVERDUE ON DUMPED PAPER IMPORTS DECISION

It has been over 30 days since the Anti-Dumping Commission delivered its final report to the Turnbull Liberals with recommendations on the dumping of A4 copy paper from China, Indonesia, Brazil and Thailand.

 

According to the Government’s own factsheet the Minister has 30 days after the Anti-Dumping Commission delivers its final report to impose duties.

 

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MANUFACTURING BEING HIT BY ENERGY CRISIS

Yesterday Labor Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Mark Butler and Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Kim Carr, held a roundtable with manufacturing industry and worker representatives on the growing impacts of the national energy crisis on manufacturing.

Labor Shadow Ministers heard from participants how energy prices and access to gas were hurting jobs and investment across the manufacturing industry.

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AUSTRALIAN PAPER INDUSTRY STILL WAITING ON TENTERHOOKS

It has been 21 days since the Anti-Dumping Commission delivered its final report to the Turnbull Liberals with recommendations on the dumping of A4 copy paper from China, Indonesia, Brazil and Thailand.

The report is yet to be released and industry are still waiting on tenterhooks for the Government to respond to the Commission’s recommendations. 

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UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDS NATIONAL SHIPBUILDING AGENDA

The Senate Economics Committee inquiry on the future of Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry held public hearings in Perth on Monday and in Adelaide on Tuesday.

These hearings have thrown more doubt on the Liberal’s commitment to a truly national shipbuilding industry that will create Australian jobs and work for Australian supply chain companies. 

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SENATE INQUIRY INTO NAVAL SHIP BUILDING INDUSTRY IN ADELAIDE

The Senate Economics Committee’s inquiry into the future of Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry will hold a public hearing in Adelaide today, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley, 65 Hindley Street, from 10am.

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BUSINESSES STILL STUCK IN LIMBO AFTER ANOTHER YEAR OF R&D TAX UNCERTAINTY

Today marks the one year anniversary since the Review of the R&D Tax Incentive was handed to the Turnbull Liberals – but innovative companies still have no idea whether the Government is planning yet more cuts to the scheme.

On 4 April 2016, Mr Bill Ferris, Dr Alan Finkel and Mr John Fraser handed their review to the then Minister for Industry, Christopher Pyne. 

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