National innovation agenda essential for manufacturing

For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, increases in technological capacity are leading to increases in productivity but not necessarily in employment and average income.

The development of robotics and of 3-D printing is changing the nature of manufacturing and cannot be ignored. The challenge is to harness these advances so that they generate, rather than shrink, jobs and wealth.

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Concerns over future of Cooperative Research Centres

The long-awaited terms of reference for the Abbott Government’s review of Cooperative Research Centres, released today, raise concerns about the future of the CRC program.

Established in 1990 under the Hawke Government, the CRC program is one of the great success stories of Australian research and innovation policy.

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Turbulence ahead for Pyne's dog-eat-dog model

Any presumption that Labor’s opposition to the Abbott Government’s higher education changes is an exercise in revenge politics or knee-jerk negativity is wildly off the mark. Nor is it driven by political expedience or populist appeal.

Labor opposes the higher education bill because it is a deeply flawed policy. It vastly increases the cost of a university degree and shifts that financial burden on to students. This is particularly unfair on disadvantaged young people and mature-age students.

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Abbott Government’s threadbare industry policy

The Australian Financial Review report today on the Abbott Government’s long-awaited competitiveness agenda reveals how threadbare its policy on innovation and industry is.

This is a makeshift policy designed to cover up the fact that the Government has turned its back on heavy engineering and is concentrating on what it does best – exporting Aussie jobs. 

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Denso closure a tragedy for workers

The announcement that DENSO Automotive Systems Australia in Croydon, Victoria, will cease manufacturing operations in Australia, in line with the announced closures of the motor vehicle producers, is a tragedy.

Our thoughts are with the 290 workers who are losing their jobs, and their families.

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Building a richer, fairer, greener Australia

DOLTONE HOUSE, SYDNEY

11 SEPTEMBER 2014

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Sometimes the news of the day carries warnings about the future that are too quickly drowned out by the pressing issues of the moment.

Recently there have been two such warnings.

One has been a sharp fall in the price of iron ore. Iron ore exports have driven Australia’s growth for most of the past decade and helped us forge a closer relationship with China.

The other warning was the release of an international report card, the Global Innovation Index, which showed that, despite improvement, Australia still lags behind leading OECD countries as an innovative environment.

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A degree shouldn’t be a debt sentence for UNSW students

Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr and the Member for Kingsford Smith, Matt Thistlethwaite MP, will today visit the University of New South Wales and meet with students and staff to discuss concerns about the Abbott Government’s higher education changes.

UNSW is facing a $204.5 million cut in course and research funding in 2016-2019 as a result of the Abbott Government’s broken promises on no cuts to education.

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Universities confirm Pyne’s package rotten at the core

Today’s statement by the Group of Eight and the Regional Universities Network gives the lie to Christopher Pyne’s claim that regional universities and low-income students are the big winners from his retrograde higher education package.

I can say that regional universities will be the biggest winners from this reform … 

[CHRISTOPHER PYNE - ABC RADIO, AM - 28 AUGUST 2014]

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One year of the Abbott Government: hollow promises from hollowmen

A year ago, Australians went to the polls with Tony Abbott’s promises ringing in their ears.

Among them was:

“I want to make it absolutely crystal clear. Overall health and education funding will be maintained.”

TONY ABBOTT PRESS CONFERENCE, SYDNEY 22 AUGUST 2013

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One year of the Abbott Government: one big lie to auto workers

One year ago Tony Abbott was elected, having promised –

I want to see car-making survive in this country, not just survive but flourish.

TONY ABBOTT – PRESS CONFERENCE, BRISBANE – 21 AUGUST 2013

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