Abbott Govt continues vendetta against Australian auto workers

The Abbott Government needs to explain why it ditched the Australian car maker GM Holden in favour of a German company when it awarded BMW a $6.2 million contract for armoured VIP limousines.

The Government’s claim that Holden failed to bid for the contract for the protected vehicles is incorrect.

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Labor says no to the Abbott Government’s $100,000 degrees

Today saw the introduction into Parliament of the Abbott Government’s higher education legislation paving the way for $100,000 degrees and the Americanisation of our universities.

Significantly, exactly one year ago today, the Prime Minister promised Australians:

“No cuts to education.”

TONY ABBOTT – ROOTY HILL PEOPLE’S FORUM – 28 AUGUST 2013

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Doorstop interview, Parliament House

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DOORSTOP INTERVIEW
PARLIAMENT HOUSE
THURSDAY, 28 AUGUST 2014

SUBJECT/S: Abbott Government introduces higher education package legislation; Labor will fight unfair package; national security.

SENATOR KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY: I’m here to talk about higher education. The Government today will introduce its legislation which will allow universities to charge unlimited fees; it will involve crippling debts for students and devastating cuts for universities. This is a program that the Government has rushed, this is a program that has been ill-considered, this is a program which was something the public never voted for. In fact, it’s a complete breach of the commitments that the Government gave prior to the last election. This is a program for $100,000 university degrees, and a generation of debt for tens of thousands of Australian families.

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Doorstop interview, Parliament House

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DOORSTOP INTERVIEW
PARLIAMENT HOUSE
WEDNESDAY, 27 AUGUST 2014

SUBJECT/S: Leaked modelling confirms $100,000 degrees a reality; Labor staunchly against unfair higher education changes.

SENATOR KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY: We see in the Fairfax press leaked modelling which demonstrates that what Labor’s been saying all along about the Government’s changes to universities is correct. The $100,000 degree is very much a reality under this government’s proposals.

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Research programs to shut down on Tony Abbott’s watch

New analysis of the Abbott Government’s Budget shows extensive cuts to research and science programs, making a mockery of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claim that he is “devoted to research”.

As a result of the Budget, CSIRO research programs into bowel cancer – the second largest cause of cancer deaths in Australia – will cease completely.  CSIRO research in the neurosciences – including critical research into Alzheimer’s, dementia and other diseases affecting growing numbers of Australia’s ageing population – will also be shut down entirely. 

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Reopen tender for navy supply ships to include Australian firms, says Senate

A Senate Inquiry has today recommended that the tender process for two Royal Australian Navy supply ships be reopened to include Australian companies.

The Coalition excluded Australian companies from tendering to build these ships, with the work instead sent offshore to Spain or South Korea.

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Doorstop interview, Parliament House

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DOORSTOP INTERVIEW
PARLIAMENT HOUSE
TUESDAY, 26 AUGUST 2014

SUBJECT/S: Vice-chancellors meeting with Minister for Education; threats to cut university research funding; attempted blackmail of the Senate; fee deregulation; broken promises on higher education funding; polling.

SENATOR KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY: The Group of Eight Vice-Chancellors are visiting the Minister for Education to express their profound anger at the Government’s extortion, the Government’s attempted blackmail of the Senate in regard to the threats to cut research funding from universities. These Vice-Chancellors represent the research-intensive universities. These are the Vice-Chancellors that we look to to get our international ratings that the minister claims to be the source of his inspiration for these unfair university changes.

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'Breaking Politics'

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ONLINE INTERVIEW
FAIRFAX “BREAKING POLITICS”
TUESDAY, 26 AUGUST 2014

SUBJECT/S: University deregulation; threats to cut research funding; attempted blackmail of the Senate; legislative requirements; Abbott Government’s deceit.

CHRIS HAMMER:  One of the Government’s budget measures that is being held up in the Senate is its plans to deregulate higher education, the university sector. Joining us now is Labor’s Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Senator Kim Carr. Good morning.

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Productivity Commission’s report on auto industry

The Productivity Commission’s report into Australian car makers has shown once again that the Abbott Government’s open hostility and contempt are at the core of the problem for car manufacturing.

No other government would goad a major employer and contributor to the national economy to leave its shores. Our competitors certainly wouldn’t do this.

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Pyne's university funding blackmail

Christopher Pyne’s shameless attempt to blackmail the Senate is a disgrace.

Threatening to cut research funding to our universities unless the Senate passes his deeply unfair changes to higher education is extortion.

This blatant and dishonourable tactic reveals just how callous, short-sighted and ideologically driven these changes are.

Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne are ripping away the opportunity of a university education and a good job from young Australians.

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