SELF-INFLICTED BRAIN DRAIN CONTINUES 12 MONTHS ON

The Australian science and research community has still not recovered 12 months on from the assault that the Turnbull Liberals waged on the CSIRO.

Despite the Government’s rhetoric about the age of innovation and agility, the CSIRO has been subjected to unnecessary upheaval and anxiety with the unexpected announcement that divisions would be reduced and whole areas of research ceasing.

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SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER – AUSTRALIAN YOUNG LABOR CONFERENCE

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER – AUSTRALIAN YOUNG LABOR CONFERENCE 


CANBERRA

5 FEBRUARY 2017 

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Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to speak to you.

I especially thank the organisers of this conference, including your National President, Ben Rillo, Senior Vice-President, Josh Gilligan, and National Secretary, Josh Orchard.

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LIBERALS PLAY POLITICS ON AUSSIE PAPER JOBS

Reports today have shown the double standards of the Turnbull Liberals when it comes to standing up for Australian jobs in the local paper industry.

 

In November 2016 the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Waters Resources, Senator Anne Rushton, wrote to all MPs calling on them to buy Australian made paper:

 

I make such choices in my office, and ensure I only use Australian made paper. If you are not doing so already I encourage you to support such purchases.”

Senator Ruston Letter to MPs and Senators

 

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DARK DAY FOR AUSTRALIAN AUTO JOBS

Today, Toyota Australia announced that 3 October 2017 will be the final day of vehicle production at its Altona plant in Victoria.

Labor’s thoughts are with workers at Toyota, their families and communities, as well as the hundreds of supply chain companies that rely on vehicle production for work.

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LIBERALS CLUELESS ON DIGITAL SKILLS

New evidence out today confirmed the Turnbull Government is asleep at the wheel when it comes to investing in innovation and leading the effort to re-skill Australia’s workforce for the digital economy.

New Microsoft Australia managing director, Steven Worrall, has identified innovation and skills as two areas where Australia must improve. He considers the problem so serious that he pledged to the Australian Financial Review that he would keep the government “honest” on the issue.

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EMERITUS PROFESSOR ALAN MACKAY-SIM

It is with particular pleasure that I add my congratulations to Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim on being named the Australian of the Year for 2017. 

Professor Mackay-Sim has spent his career in service of others, using his talents to give hope and to bring radical improvements to people afflicted with a wide range of conditions.

His achievements constitute a powerful reminder of the value of fundamental research - and the diverse and often unexpected applications that come from it.

 

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WHAT WE COULD LEARN FROM OBAMA'S APPROACH TO SCIENCE

At this watershed moment in American political history, it is timely to consider the legacy of outgoing President Barack Obama in science and innovation.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is the chief source of advice to the President on science matters. The OSTP published its Cabinet Exit Memo on 5 January, manifesting a vibrant, ambitious and optimistic vision – in stark contrast to the unimaginative, stale and duplicitous approach of our own Government.

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WHAT WE COULD LEARN FROM OBAMA'S APPROACH TO SCIENCE

At this watershed moment in American political history, it is timely to consider the legacy of outgoing President Barack Obama in science and innovation.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is the chief source of advice to the President on science matters. The OSTP published its Cabinet Exit Memo on 5 January, manifesting a vibrant, ambitious and optimistic vision – in stark contrast to the unimaginative, stale and duplicitous approach of our own Government.

Building on President Obama's 2009 pledge to restore science to its rightful place, the Administration sought to improve scientific talent within government, strengthen scientific integrity, enacted a historic increase in research and development funding, prioritised broad participation in STEM education, launched new science initiatives in health, expanded broadband access, fostered a space industry sector and supported manufacturing innovation and jobs. 

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NEW INDUSTRY MINISTER MORE LIKE INDUSTRIAL GRIM REAPER

Comments from the new Minister Arthur Sinodinos today are an appalling indictment on the Turnbull Liberal Government’s callous disregard for the livelihoods of thousands of everyday Australians. 

In remarks reported by the Australian Financial Review, Senator Sinodinos callously warned Australians not to become nostalgic about dying industries, like car manufacturing, saying that “nothing is forever.” 

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WELCOME RELIEF FOR VICTORIAN MANUFACTURING JOBS

Labor welcomes today’s announcement that the Andrews Victorian Labor Government has secured a package that will sustain Alcoa’s Portland smelter and the jobs of thousands of Victorians.

The crisis at the Portland smelter has caused a lot of anxiety in the community over the Christmas period and people have rightly been concerned about their jobs.

Following the power outage on 1 December 2016 that threatened the future of the smelter, the Victorian Government has been working with Alcoa, AGL and with the Commonwealth to reach a resolution.

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