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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Adam Bandt on ABC News Breakfast 14-4-2011

14 Apr 2011

Greens Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt was interviewed on ABC News Breakfast, where he discussed employment and welfare in Australia, the governments proposed cuts to research funding and putting a price on pollution.

Greens Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt was interviewed on ABC News Breakfast, where he discussed employment and welfare in Australia, the governments proposed cuts to research funding and putting a price on pollution.

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Woodside commercially-in-confidence reports put the lie to “clean gas” myth

11 Apr 2011

The Australian Greens say Woodside-commissioned confidential reports into the carbon footprint of Australian gas have revealed industry claims that gas is a clean fuel are greatly overstated. Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the gas industry had significantly exaggerated the benefit of LNG production as a substitute for coal-fired power generation.

The Australian Greens say Woodside-commissioned confidential reports into the carbon footprint of Australian gas have revealed industry claims that gas is a clean fuel are greatly overstated.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the gas industry had significantly exaggerated the benefit of LNG production as a substitute for coal-fired power generation.

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Food law updates needed

07 Mar 2011

Sydney Morning Herald columnist, Elizabeth Farrelly recently hit the nail on the head when asking why we are happy to play gastronomic Russian Roulette by eating without question any morsel offered us on a plate.She was questioning why many of us blissfully indulge in healthy looking meals without any thought for the chemistry set that lies within, and was dismayed that a recent government-commissioned review of food labelling was happy for this to continue unabated.In his much-anticipated report on food labelling, former Federal Health Minister, Neil Blewett, made 61 recommendations, including improved country of origin labelling, and the adoption of a Greens' traffic light labelling system, meaning shoppers will know immediately if their food is healthy, or not. But hidden among the recommendations is a gaping black hole giving a green light for genetic modification and extraneous chemical additives without a requirement to fully disclose this on the label.

Sydney Morning Herald columnist, Elizabeth Farrelly recently hit the nail on the head when asking why we are happy to play gastronomic Russian Roulette by eating without question any morsel offered us on a plate.
She was questioning why many of us blissfully indulge in healthy looking meals without any thought for the chemistry set that lies within, and was dismayed that a recent government-commissioned review of food labelling was happy for this to continue unabated.
In his much-anticipated report on food labelling, former Federal Health Minister, Neil Blewett, made 61 recommendations, including improved country of origin labelling, and the adoption of a Greens' traffic light labelling system, meaning shoppers will know immediately if their food is healthy, or not.
But hidden among the recommendations is a gaping black hole giving a green light for genetic modification and extraneous chemical additives without a requirement to fully disclose this on the label.

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Adam discusses climate change and a carbon price

01 Mar 2011

Adam Bandt speaks in Parliament about climate change and a carbon price.

Adam Bandt speaks in Parliament about climate change and a carbon price.

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Chief Scientist professional to the last; her advice should have been better 'heeded'

23 Feb 2011

The Australian Greens today once again thanked outgoing Chief Scientist, Professor Penny Sackett, for her professionalism and courageous advice which should have been heeded more closely by the government.Professor Sackett told Senate Estimates hearings today that she had not been invited to contribute to any discussions of appropriate emissions reduction targets either before, during or after the Copenhagen climate conference. She also declined to say that she believed her advice to government had been 'heeded'."Professor Sackett has been an outstanding and courageous Chief Scientist and the government would have done well to better heed her advice," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

The Australian Greens today once again thanked outgoing Chief Scientist, Professor Penny Sackett, for her professionalism and courageous advice which should have been heeded more closely by the government.

Professor Sackett told Senate Estimates hearings today that she had not been invited to contribute to any discussions of appropriate emissions reduction targets either before, during or after the Copenhagen climate conference. She also declined to say that she believed her advice to government had been 'heeded'.

"Professor Sackett has been an outstanding and courageous Chief Scientist and the government would have done well to better heed her advice," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

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GM Contamination

23 Feb 2011

Community Affairs Wednesday 23 FebruarySenator SIEWERT—You are probably aware of Mr Marsh’s case in Western Australia. It has certainly been a hot topic of conversation for many people in WA. Have you relooked at your processes or what level of involvement you have had since that case has come to light and since part of Mr Marsh’s property has been decertified?

Community Affairs Wednesday 23 February

Senator SIEWERT—You are probably aware of Mr Marsh’s case in Western Australia. It has certainly been a hot topic of conversation for many people in WA. Have you relooked at your processes or what level of involvement you have had since that case has come to light and since part of Mr Marsh’s property has been decertified?

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De Kretser is right on floods: Bandt

19 Jan 2011

Greens MP Adam Bandt has backed yesterday's comments from the Victorian Governor on the relationship between climate change and flooding and has said Premier Baillieu is being irresponsible in denying the link. "The immediate task is to ensure the safety and welfare of Victorians affected by the floods. But this should not prevent us from having a discussion about the impact of climate change and the likelihood of these extreme events recurring," Greens MP Adam Bandt said.

Greens MP Adam Bandt has backed yesterday's comments from the Victorian Governor on the relationship between climate change and flooding and has said Premier Baillieu is being irresponsible in denying the link.

"The immediate task is to ensure the safety and welfare of Victorians affected by the floods. But this should not prevent us from having a discussion about the impact of climate change and the likelihood of these extreme events recurring," Greens MP Adam Bandt said.

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The Role of Global Warming

17 Jan 2011

After the hottest and wettest year in recorded history, the seas off northern Australia are also currently warmer than ever before.  This heat has led to increased evaporation and so, rainfall.
 Sceptics and defenders of the coal industry may dispute this scientific data, but they don’t.  Instead, they are arguing that there should be no debate – not, at least, until some undefined time in the future when the cataclysm has passed and its injuries are behind us. 
 A week after the “inland tsunami” struck the Toowoomba region, with the flood crest having passed in Brisbane, and Rockhampton beginning to recover, Australia’s newspapers are now carrying letters expressing frustration at the absence of debate on the causes of the floods across the nation and, indeed, in Brazil, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
 Like the drought, heatwaves and bushfires, these floods are predictable calamities and worse is in store as the planet is heated by human actions.
 We may collectively choose to do nothing about the rapidly increasing of burning of coal, here and overseas, from coal being mined in Australia by wealthy corporations largely owned overseas.  However, that choice should not be made without informed debate.  If there is a later time better for this crucial debate to begin, let the critics name it.
 
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown

After the hottest and wettest year in recorded history, the seas off northern Australia are also currently warmer than ever before.  This heat has led to increased evaporation and so, rainfall.


 Sceptics and defenders of the coal industry may dispute this scientific data, but they don’t.  Instead, they are arguing that there should be no debate – not, at least, until some undefined time in the future when the cataclysm has passed and its injuries are behind us. 


 A week after the “inland tsunami” struck the Toowoomba region, with the flood crest having passed in Brisbane, and Rockhampton beginning to recover, Australia’s newspapers are now carrying letters expressing frustration at the absence of debate on the causes of the floods across the nation and, indeed, in Brazil, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.


 Like the drought, heatwaves and bushfires, these floods are predictable calamities and worse is in store as the planet is heated by human actions.


 We may collectively choose to do nothing about the rapidly increasing of burning of coal, here and overseas, from coal being mined in Australia by wealthy corporations largely owned overseas.  However, that choice should not be made without informed debate.  If there is a later time better for this crucial debate to begin, let the critics name it.


 


Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown

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GM concerns continue to crop up

16 Dec 2010

The Australian Greens have today expressed concern about GM crops in WA after Kojonup farmer Stephen Marsh’s property lost organic certification as a result of contamination by neighbouring crops of genetically modified canola.


The Australian Greens have today expressed concern about GM crops in WA after Kojonup farmer Stephen Marsh’s property lost organic certification as a result of contamination by neighbouring crops of genetically modified canola.

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GM labelling recommendations must be publicly released – Greens

02 Dec 2010

The Australian Greens say many people don’t realise they are buying GM products in stores and supermarkets, with current labelling loopholes making it practically impossible for them to be avoided.

The Australian Greens say many people don’t realise they are buying GM products in stores and supermarkets, with current labelling loopholes making it practically impossible for them to be avoided.

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