RESPONSE TO NATIONAL SCIENCE STATEMENT

Labor welcomes the statement, but this is not difficult given that it says nothing.

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Speech to Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry reception

Speech to Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry reception

WHY INNOVATION IS IMPORTANT

MYOB, Richmond, Victoria

16 March 2017

***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY***

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LIBERALS MUST COME CLEAN ON DUMPED FOREIGN PAPER

Labor calls on the Turnbull Liberals to come clean on how they intend to respond to recommendations from the Anti-Dumping Commission in relation to the dumping of A4 copy paper from China, Indonesia, Brazil and Thailand.

 

The Anti-Dumping Commission delivered its final report to the Government on Friday, but its report is yet to be released and industry is waiting on the Government to respond to the Commission’s recommendations.

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH AUSSIE STEEL?

Labor calls on the Turnbull Liberals to honour their commitment to use Australian steel on the Future Submarines.

During evidence provided to a parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday, Future Submarine project head Rear Admiral Gregory Sammut reportedly said that the Future Submarines may not have an Australian-made steel hull.

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LABOR WARNS OF THREAT TO THE INDEPENDENCE OF AUSTRALIA’S ANTI-DUMPING COMMISSION

The Trade Minister Steven Ciobo must clarify his statement today where he said that the Anti-Dumping Commission’s decisions on the dumping of A4 copy paper from Indonesia were “being reviewed”.

The Minister’s remarks suggest he is interfering with the role of the independent Commission. 

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UNIVERSITIES TO LOSE INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

The Turnbull Government has foreshadowed a grim financial future for Australian universities.

At Senate Estimates this afternoon the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Birmingham, revealed that Australia’s universities will be left on their own to fund infrastructure, including for research.

Not only will the Government persist in trying to abolish the $3.7 billion Education Investment Fund, there will be no replacement.

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15 PER CENT OF AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE JOBS CUT BY LIBERALS

New analysis shows that almost 1,700 Australian scientists and researchers have lost their jobs as a result of the Abbott/Turnbull Liberals war on science since 2013.

Analysis of the annual reports of government bodies including the Bureau of Meteorology, the CSIRO, the Australian Research Council, Geoscience Australia, and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation reveals that employment in Australia’s major science and research agencies is 15 per cent lower than in 2013. 

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TURNBULL’S ENERGY CHAOS PUTTING MANUFACTURERS AT RISK

The Australian Industry Group’s (AiGroup) report Energy Shock: No Gas, No Power, No Future shows clearly that the Turnbull Government’s posturing on energy policy ignores the real crisis facing Australian manufacturers and their employees.

AiGroup warn that wholesale electricity prices are doubling, and wholesale gas prices are doubling and may well rise much further. 

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A ‘DO NOTHING’ GOVERNMENT ON AUSTRALIAN JOBS

The Liberals have revealed that they are a ‘do nothing’ government when it comes to using the $57 billion spent on Commonwealth procurement to create local jobs.

Answers to questions on notice from Senate Estimates shows that the numbers of Australian Industry Participation (AIP) plans approved by the Government have plummeted, from 97 in 2012 to zero in 2016.

 

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SINODINOS MISLEADS AUTO WORKERS

Senator Sinodinos has today been caught out cruelly misleading auto workers set to lose their jobs when Holden and Toyota close their production lines later this year, telling them that the Liberals’ Growth Fund is there to help them, when in fact the Growth Fund is unable to help workers or companies.  

In Senate Question Time today when asked what the Government was doing to help automotive workers when Holden and Toyota close later this year, the Minister said:

“We’ve had a $155 million Growth Fund, of which $100 million has come from the Federal Government…We are taking this very seriously…There’s a lot going on and a lot more that can be done through existing programs.”

                                                         Senate Question Time – 8 February 2017 

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