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.

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CSIRO must remain independent: Bandt

03 Feb 2012

Greens MP and science spokesperson Adam Bandt says the CSIRO shouldnot be a member of the logging industry's peak body, Australian ForestProducts Association (AFPA).Mr Bandt says the CSIRO needs to remain independent and Minister Evansneeds 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 intervenedstrongly in political debate, including lobbying against climatechange legislation."Collaboration with industry and business by the CSIRO is a goodthing, but the CSIRO needs to be careful that its independence is notcompromised.""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 inthe political debate over climate and forest policy in this country.The CSIRO should provide independent advice on forestry science, notjoin forces with one side of the debate.""The Greens are big supporters of the CSIRO and its work, but it is ofgreat concern that the CSIRO management has allowed this to occur. Thenext time the Minister issues his regular statement of expectationsfor the CSIRO, he needs to make clear this is not on." 

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
change legislation.

"Collaboration with industry and business by the CSIRO is a good
thing, but the CSIRO needs to be careful that its independence is not
compromised."

"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."

 

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Schools response shows why alternatives to chaplains are justified

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.

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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Doubling uni fees bad for science: Bandt

29 Nov 2011

Greens MP and spokesperson for innovation, industry, science and research Adam Bandt has criticised the government's announcement of a near doubling in HECS fees for maths and science students in today's mid-year mini budget. "Almost doubling university HECS fees for maths and science students is economic stupidity. How can science and maths be a national priority two years ago and now not be?," Mr Bandt said. "While wealthy mining companies get close to $9 billion a year in handouts we should not be taking $400 million from science and maths education to balance the budget." "Science and innovation are central to our current and future economic prosperity." "The $403.6 million saving is a false economy if it means science and maths aren't taken up by our young people. Coming on the back of government cuts to the Science in Schools program, the government is taking science education in the wrong direction." "The Bradley Review does not justify the HECS increase. HECS fees for sciences and maths were lowered in 2009 when they were made a National Priority and the review was completed in December 2008." "There is in fact evidence of increased enrolment. In my electorate the University of Melbourne science program has gone from approximately 800 students in 2007 to 2000 students in 2011, more than doubling in 4 years."  

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Bob Brown outlines the Greens' economically responsible budget options - press conference 29-11-11

29 Nov 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown responds to the Gillard Government's budget update and outlines the Greens' more responsible approach. Speaking to reporters in Canberra, Senator Brown also answered questions about the Gold Pass, the Murray Darling Basin plan and immigration.

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Greens' more responsible option

29 Nov 2011

"The Gillard Government's plan to balance the books by imposing a higher ‘efficiency dividend', a tired euphemism for public sector cuts, is short-sighted and driven by political constraints," Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today. "The push by both major parties to cling to a wafer-thin political surplus while advocating public sector job losses and cuts to services is contrary to reasonable, forward-thinking economic advice," Senator Brown said in Canberra, responding to the Government's budget update."The budget can be balanced over the cycle without cutting jobs or worthwhile programmes." "Assisted by costings provided by the Treasury, the Greens have identified $9 billion in fossil fuel subsidies that could be redirected towards jobs and services - a far better option than cutting $1 billion from education. Savings in education would be better redirected to areas of need including science and Asian languages." "Almost doubling university HECS fees for maths and science students is a mistake. Science and innovation is the key to our nation's economic prosperity and we should be doing all we can to increase participation in science learning. The $400 million saving is a false economy if it means the best and the brightest of our kids don't make the move into maths and science at university." "If the global economy deteriorates further there could be a need for a stimulus package. The major parties need to take responsibility for the impact that fiscal policy, including their pursuit of a political surplus, has on the economy." "We support an end to the tax breaks for corporate executives - an unnecessary charge on the public purse. We also support the deferral of the reduction in interest withholding tax paid by financial institutions - achieved by the Greens as part of the mining tax negotiations." "The Greens have worked hard to protect the cultural institutions. They are exempt from the latest ‘efficiency dividend', but they still need relief from the previous round. The Government can do better."  

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Australian Greens join calls for MDBA to let independent scientific panel see its numbers

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.


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.

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PM must not trade away our health, our creative voice and our farmers

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.

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.

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Steel package passed with Greens support

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."
 

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."


 

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Pricing carbon makes Australia a world leader in action against climate change - WA Greens

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.

WA Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam say today's historic carbon price vote is the start of serious action on climate change.

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