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Abbott must act to save Australian research jobs: Greens

Responding today to news that 2000 Australian researchers could lose their jobs in the next year, Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on science, research and innovation, Adam Bandt, called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to urgently intervene to prevent this 'brain drain'.

"With Tony Abbott cutting investment in science, research and innovation to a 30-year low, highly-skilled Australian jobs are under threat," Mr Bandt said.

"We're already seeing a brain drain of some of our best and brightest heading to jobs overseas. Without intervention, this will only increase.

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Government on track to make Australia dumber and poorer

Deputy Greens Leader and Greens spokesperson on science, research and innovation Adam Bandt said the PricewaterhouseCoopers ‘The World in 2050’ report released today shows that the government’s policies on science, research and innovation have them on track to make Australia dumber and poorer. The report projects Australia will slip out of the G20 by 2050.

“The report proves that the government has Australia on track to wake up after the mining boom is over to find ourselves a hollowed out, uneducated quarry with nothing left to sell the world,” said Mr Bandt.

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Libs take axe to Australian innovation

The Australian Greens say massive cuts to research and development, passed through the Senate today by the Liberals, Nationals, Palmer United Party and Independent Nick Xenophon, is another act of intergenerational theft.

"Cutting support for research and development is a short-sighted way to balance the Budget and will help drive the country's investment in research to a 30-year low," said Greens science, research and innovation spokesperson Adam Bandt MP.

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Medical research at risk from Abbott’s tin ear

Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on science and research Adam Bandt MP today said that medical research is at risk from Tony Abbott’s arrogance and internal Liberal divisions.

“Internal party tensions and Tony Abbott’s refusal to listen to the parliament is putting the medical research fund at risk,” Mr Bandt said.

Reports emerged today that a government backbench committee has vetoed legislation to establish the medical research fund.

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Tony Abbott must protect Australian shipping and jobs: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on Workplace Relations Adam Bandt MP and Greens spokesperson on Infrastructure Senator Janet Rice today declared their support for the Tandara Spirit workers taking industrial action in Port Philip Bay and called on Tony Abbott to protect Australian shipping and jobs.

“By taking this action, the Tandara workers are not only standing up for their jobs – they are bringing important conversations into the public that the government has been ignoring," said Mr Bandt.

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Abbott Government Threatens Critical Research: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on Research and Innovation Adam Bandt said today redirecting funding to ‘commercially viable’ research would threaten critical areas of research in Australia.

“The discussion paper the government has released today will send a shiver down the spine of anyone involved in curiosity-driven or public good research in Australia,” said Mr Bandt.

“Unless the government increases the size of the pie for research, they will take money away from areas that it does not identify as a priority and give it to others.”

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