JOYCE PLAYING POLITICS WITH SPC JOBS

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce should be ashamed of himself for saying that the National Party is only interested in the jobs of thousands of workers at SPC Ardmona because the Nationals now hold the seat of Murray.

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SCIENCE MEETS BUSINESS

SCIENCE MEETS BUSINESS

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AUSTRALIA

MELBOURNE

MONDAY 22 OCTOBER 2016

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Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to speak to you on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten.

I want to put forward for your consideration three obstacles impeding the way the political system deals with science, research and innovation policy.

These are the increasing alienation of many people from mainstream politics; the effect of Budget cuts; and a narrow, counter-productive emphasis on commercialisation of research.

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INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S MILLIONS TO MANAGE ITSELF

The federal industry department is spending almost as much taxpayer money managing itself as it is on supporting Australian industry and jobs.

 

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Incoming Government Brief to Minister Greg Hunt reveals an extraordinary $156.5 million will be spent in 2016-17 on corporate, ICT and related departmental services, with only $210.8 million on external programs.

 

In place of proper funding, the Liberals have resurrected the failed shared services model of the Howard years and sent millions of taxpayer dollars down the drain in the process.

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HUNT’S UNFUNDED GRAND GESTURE

In light of the Liberals’ spectacular cuts to funding and jobs at CSIRO, Minister Hunt’s heroic pronouncements are simply more Turnbull Government gushing with no substance.

Minister Hunt says he wants CSIRO to become the “world’s premier public research organisation”  yet this can be no more than empty rhetoric coming after $3 billion in Liberal cuts from science, research and innovation since taking power.

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STEPHEN CONROY: A GREAT LABOR WARRIOR

The Australian Senate will be a diminished place without the presence of Stephen Conroy.

He is known on our side of politics as a devoted servant of the ALP and the broader Labor movement.

And he is known to everyone in the Senate as a witty, passionate, and when the occasion required, fierce debater.

In the history of this nation he will always be remembered as the architect of the National Broadband Network, when he was Communications Minister in the former Labor Government.

I am honoured that he chose to mention me in his resignation speech. He said that our working relationship was based on trust and mutual respect, and so it was.

Stephen was a factional rival, the fiercest of opponents. He became the most loyal of allies.

Without him, it is possible that the ALP in Victoria could have been mired in defeat.

But with him it became the most successful and the most stable branch in the country – an example for other states.

For those of us who have worked alongside him in Parliament, this is a parting.

But for Stephen it is a new beginning. I wish him all the best in the next phase of his life.

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PYNE BLAMES PUBLIC SERVICE FOR HIS OWN ELECTION PROMISE

Former Education Minister Christopher Pyne is in damage control this morning after shamelessly blaming the public service for implementing the Liberals’ election promise of expanding the streamlined visa processing (SPV) program.

 

Reports today show the Government opened up the streamlined visa processing (SPV) after receiving donations from the Top Education Institute.

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LIBERALS MUST NOW REBUILD CSIRO’S DAMAGED REPUTATION

Industry and Science Minister Greg Hunt, and reappointed CEO Dr Larry Marshall now have a long road ahead to rebuild CSIRO's international reputation following years of damage and instability.

Dr Marshall has a huge task ahead to turn the organisation around, rebuilding public confidence and repairing staff morale after savage cuts to staff, funding and research programs.

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ABC AM FRIDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2016

E&OE TRANSCRIPT

RADIO INTERVIEW

ABC AM

FRIDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2016

SUBJECTS: Liberal Party donations.

KIM LANDERS: Labor is questioning whether a Sydney education group, with links to the Chinese Government, received preferential treatment after donating to the Liberal Party. 

TOP Education Institute is also a donor to the ALP - and has been in the spotlight after paying a travel bill for the New South Wales Labor Senator, Sam Dastyari.

Now Labor Senator Kim Carr says he's surprised the group was given access to the Government's streamlined visa program, when Labor had been given departmental advice against it when it was in office.

From Canberra, Peta Donald reports.

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MINISTER HUNT MUST LISTEN TO EXPERTS AND ACT ON ANTI-DUMPING

The Industry Minister, Greg Hunt, should release the “updated” Anti-Dumping Commission’s report on the impact of overseas steel makers in the Australian market prior to Friday’s International Trade Remedies Forum (ITRF) to allow the ITRF to properly do its job.

 

The Anti-Dumping Commission’s report has been sitting with the Liberals since 4 April 2016. It has spent so much time gathering dust, the Liberals have been forced to send it back to the Commission to be updated.

The ITRF provides Government with an opportunity to hear directly from industry about real world economics that are adversely affecting Australian workers and industry.

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Birmingham, Morrison show hostility to humanities research

The terms of reference of the Watt review into research policy clearly articulate the government’s narrow intent and reveal its impoverished understanding of research.

 

It is an approach that is already manifest with regard to CSIRO.

 

Put simply, the Liberals’ preference is for publicly funded research that turns a quick private dollar.

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