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Research and Higher Education Press Conference - Parliament House

The government’s Higher Education reforms are destined to fail in the Senate, with Labor, the Greens and most of the crossbench opposing fee deregulation in any form.

Senator Lee Rhiannon is calling on the government to scrap the Bill and open up a national dialogue about higher education.

Adam Bandt MP has called on Tony Abbott to immediately confirm $150 million in funding for Australian researchers and research infrastructure that Education Minister Christopher Pyne has placed under threat.

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Science, research and jobs threatened by Pyne's Parliamentary blackmail

Greens Deputy Leader and science, research and innovation spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that world-class research facilities around the country and about 1700 jobs face the axe from June 30 this year under Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s desperate attempt to pass his Higher Education bill by blackmailing the Senate.

“Education Minister Christopher Pyne is blackmailing the Parliament, saying that unless the Parliament passes his plan to increase university fees, he’ll take the axe to science and research facilities in this country,” Mr Bandt said.

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Parliament rejects Abbott R&D cuts

Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, has today welcomed the Senate’s rejection of $620 million in cuts to research and development outlined in last year’s Budget.

The 1.5% cut to R&D tax offset contained in Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 5) Bill 2014 was removed from the bill by the Senate late last night.

“This is a big win for science and research and a big win for business”, said Mr Bandt.

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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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