Vindictive attack on auto on Vic election day

The Liberals have launched an extraordinarily vicious attack on Ford on the day of the Victorian election.

Shadow Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr said the Abbott Government’s vindictiveness shows how out of touch the Liberals are with the concerns of ordinary Australians, particularly in the key automotive state of Victoria, and demonstrates their active opposition to the industries and jobs Victorians need.

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Labor recognises service of outgoing NICTA CEO


Labor thanks the outgoing Chief Executive of National ICT Australia (NICTA), Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, for his service leading this outstanding organisation since 2010.

NICTA is one of Australia’s premier research organisations and plays a critical role in graduating a robust and world-class cohort of ICT PhDs.

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Senators say no to automotive cuts

An unprecedented alliance of Senators has united to stop the Abbott Government’s reckless attack on automotive workers and component manufacturers.
 
Recognising the devastating impact a premature shutdown of the automotive manufacturing industry would have on workers and communities, particularly in Victoria and South Australia, Senators will vote to block the Abbott Government’s plans to strip $900 million from the Automotive Transformation Scheme.

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Universities Australia claims untrue

Universities Australia (UA) has today made a series of false claims in its attempt to persuade crossbench Senators to support the Abbott Government’s unfair changes to Australia’s world-class higher education system.

 

Shadow Higher Education Minister Senator Kim Carr said that the claim in UA’s open letter to Senators today that “per-student funding has decreased in real terms over a number of years” was blatantly untrue and they know it.

 

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CSIRO job cuts highlight Abbott Government's hypocrisy

Advanced manufacturing, agriculture and digital productivity are the latest research areas to be cut as a result of the Abbott Government’s short-sighted Budget.

Shadow Research Minister Senator Kim Carr said news of another 75 jobs cut at CSIRO exposed the Abbott Government’s utter hypocrisy on support for science, innovation and research in Australia.

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Photo op but no funding for NICTA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to use her very limited time in Australia to visit National ICT Australia (NICTA) shines a welcome spotlight on the Abbott Government’s appalling decision to abolish all government support for this outstanding research organisation.

Ministers Turnbull and Macfarlane were happy to pose for photos with Chancellor Merkel when she toured NICTA’s Future Logistics Living Lab this morning but haven’t been as forthcoming when it comes to funding its future.

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The future of universities depends on the kind of Australia we want

The fate of the Abbott Government’s higher education changes would be determined by the answer to a single question, Shadow Education Minister Kim Carr told a conference in Melbourne today.

“It all comes down to this: what kind of country do we want to live in?” Senator Carr said.

“A country that elevates potential wherever it is found, or one that reserves opportunity for those born to means?”

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Hockey's higher education blackmail exposes Government's real motive

Reports that Joe Hockey has upped the ante on threats to slash university funding show that the Abbott Government's higher-education package is nothing more than a short-sighted cost-cutting exercise.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne has been telling Senators he's willing to compromise, but now the Treasurer threatens to “find any way we can” to slash funding if the Senate doesn't pass the Government's fundamentally unfair changes.

“We’ll find any way we can to take the money out of the universities.”

-      Joe Hockey, Australian Financial Review, 4 November 2014

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Poll confirms Pyne’s unfair higher education plan hasn’t conned voters

Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne should not be surprised by today’s Fairfax/Ipsos poll, which shows that Australians know deregulation of university fees will trash the fair go they rightly expect.

The poll, in which a massive 64 per cent of respondents opposed uncapped fees, merely confirms what Labor has been saying since the Abbott Government announced its higher education changes in the May Budget.

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Calculated student debt sentence

Labor’s new online student debt sentence calculator will reveal the true cost of Tony Abbott’s plans to deregulate university fees.

Based on new independent modelling the debt sentence calculator allows students and their parents to calculate the cost of their degree and how long it will take to repay their HELP debt. 

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