Innovation, Industry & Science
A flexible and inclusive industry policy is crucial to our economic future and creating jobs.
There are many challenges to sections of Australia’s industry particularly from the mining boom.
The mining bubble is driving up the Australian dollar and hurting other sectors of the economy particularly manufacturing, education, and tourism.
Industry policy must assist industry with these challenges and support investment in innovation that can help these industries survive and flourish.
Innovation is central to the transformation of economy as we move to a sustainable clean energy economy.
03 Feb 2012
Greens MP and science spokesperson Adam Bandt says the CSIRO should
not be a member of the logging industry's peak body, Australian Forest
Products Association (AFPA).
Mr Bandt says the CSIRO needs to remain independent and Minister Evans
needs to make that clear to the CSIRO.
The ABC's AM program revealed this morning that the CSIRO had paid
$10,000 to become a member of AFPA and that the AFPA had intervened
strongly in political debate, including lobbying against climate
"Collaboration with industry and business by the CSIRO is a good
thing, but the CSIRO needs to be careful that its independence is not
"The CSIRO should not be a member of an industry peak body or a lobby group."
"The AFPA is a front for the logging industry and is very engaged in
the political debate over climate and forest policy in this country.
The CSIRO should provide independent advice on forestry science, not
join forces with one side of the debate."
"The Greens are big supporters of the CSIRO and its work, but it is of
great concern that the CSIRO management has allowed this to occur. The
next time the Minister issues his regular statement of expectations
for the CSIRO, he needs to make clear this is not on."
10 Jan 2012
Figures released today show around 200 schools across the country have chosen to hire people other than chaplains since the federal government gave them the choice in September 2011, the Australian Greens said.
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18 Nov 2011
The Australian Greens have backed the Australian Conservation Foundation's suggestion for an independent scientific panel to scrutinise the figures used in the Murray Darling Basin Authority's forthcoming draft plan.
13 Nov 2011
The Prime Minister must not trade away vital health and social policies in her enthusiasm to cooperate with the US government in Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement talks underway in Hawaii, the Australian Greens said today.
"The United States, which is driving this agenda, is coming back to get what it didn't succeed in getting through the US-Australia free trade agreement," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.
"The Prime Minister must immediately release the negotiating text so that all Australians can see exactly what is under threat. The fact that the US is insisting it be kept secret is of great concern.
"The Greens support a fair trade agenda which enables greater global cooperation and trade and helps lift people out of poverty while improving workers' rights, environmental protection and social policies. A free trade agenda which waters down all these rights is not fair.
09 Nov 2011
Greens MP and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt has welcomed the passage of the Steel Transformation Plan Bill, but is disappointed Labor failed to back a Senate amendment to support the creation of clean energy jobs in the Illawarra and other regions.
The amendment would have required allocations of the $180 million for Bluescope steel to take into account the joint union-business Green Jobs Illawarra Action Plan.
"This package will help protect jobs and assist in a transition to a cleaner economy," Mr Bandt said.
"We would have preferred Labor to green up the package further, but unlike Tony Abbott we were not going to stand in the way of assistance to workers in the Illawarra and other steel producing regions."
"Tony Abbott claims to be the battler's friend but goes AWOL when it is time to support those same workers and jobs."
"The Greens will continue to find ways to help the steel industry become more energy efficient and for regions such as the Illawarra transition to a clean energy future."
08 Nov 2011
WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam say today's historic carbon price vote is the start of serious action on climate change.