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.
19 Jul 2011
This month the world is learning about the ongoing famine in the Horn of Africa, where about 12 million people have been hit by the worst drought in almost 60 years. Australia has pledged more than $11 million in aid. It's heart-wrenching to see malnourished children in refugee camps in Kenya with tubes in their noses to feed them because their hungry mothers cannot.
10 Jul 2011
Australia will start to cut carbon pollution immediately and is laying firm foundations for more ambitious, science-based climate action in the years ahead thanks to the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee agreement announced today.
"The Greens promised to deliver a climate action package which was a platform for stronger action rather than a ceiling which held Australia back and we have done just that," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.
"With the establishment of an expert Climate Change Authority, the lifting of the 2050 target to 80%, the five year scheme caps updated each and every year from 2015, and a price floor introduced at the same time, I am confident that this package can deliver real, science-based pollution cuts.
"The groundbreaking support for renewable energy, energy efficiency and landscape carbon, the contracts for closure of coal fired power plants and the limits on the use of international offsets ensure that pollution cuts which were pushed into the distant future under the government's original plans will start now.
05 Jul 2011
The Federal Opposition leader is being irresponsible in his claims that the OneSteel plant in Whyalla will close should a price on carbon pollution be introduced, the Greens said today.
29 Jun 2011
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23 Jun 2011
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott should rethink plans to associate with Lord Monckton, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"Monckton's despicable abuse of Professor Ross Garnaut can't simply be shaken off and accommodated as free speech," Senator Brown said in Canberra.
"Last year, Mr Abbott met Viscount Monckton of Brenchley and he will renew that association next week at a mining conference in Perth. I urge Mr Abbott to think again," Senator Brown said.
"Monckton's speech to the conference, entitled ‘How many beans make five? Math lessons for climate-crazed lawmakers' makes a mockery of Mr Abbott's own commitment to emissions reduction targets and professed ‘direct action' plan," Senator Brown said.
"The mining industry should ensure Monckton apologises to Professor Garnaut before their sponsorship proceeds," Senator Brown said.
15 Jun 2011
The Greens will support the government's research and development reforms because they increase support for small and medium sized businesses engaging in R&D, particularly after the Greens secured amendments to help the cash-flow of these companies which are the engine room of innovation in Australia.
The agreement to make quarterly cash payments to small and medium-sized companies, instead of annual tax credits, was reached after a lengthy consultation by the Greens with a broad range of industry representatives.
"Innovation is critical to our economy, to our health, to our environment and it is vital that government support is as effective and efficient as possible," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.
"Australians are famous for being early adopters - we love technology and innovation. We also believe in a fair go and know that the best ideas often come from the underdog.
07 Jun 2011
Tens of thousands of people attended peaceful rallies around the country on Sunday in support of action on climate change, despite the Coalition and News Ltd media empire's negative campaign against cutting pollution via a carbon tax.
03 Jun 2011
Greens Leader Bob Brown today urged federal parliamentarians to unite behind new laws to stop live exports of animals for slaughter.
"We've written to the government and opposition to urge them to make debate on live exports a priority when parliament resumes on 14 June," Senator Brown said in Hobart.
"The Australian Greens' Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2011, introduced to parliament this week, would impose an immediate ban on the export of livestock for slaughter. Processing animals in Australia protects them from inhumane treatment, as well as creating more regional jobs."
"Senator Rachel Siewert, the Australian Greens' agriculture and animal welfare spokesperson, is maintaining pressure on the federal government to immediately suspend all live exports to Indonesia, not just at a dozen abattoirs, ahead of a permanent ban," Senator Brown said.
24 May 2011
Greens MP Adam Bandt joined the Prime Minister, members of the Cabinet and other MPs at today's public forum held by the Climate Commission at Parliament House.
Mr Bandt congratulated the Commission on a fantastic forum and said it reinforced the need for urgent and profound action.
"The Commissioners are to be congratulated on an excellent event", Mr Bandt said.
"The Climate Commissioners clear answers to my question about the climate impact on Australia's agriculture show we have no time to waste."
"The forum reinforced the need for urgent and profound action."
"Over the coming weeks I will be working hard with the other members of the Multi-Party Committee on Climate Change to develop responses to the challenges so clearly set out today."
Pablo Brait, from Mr Bandt's electorate of Melbourne, also questioning the Commissioners about Australia's carbon budget, and the need to decarbonise the economy within the next decade.
13 May 2011
The Australian Greens are concerned by reports a ministry in Victoria may have breached federal guidelines covering the chaplaincy programme in public schools.