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.
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.
10 May 2011
Senator Bob Brown held a press conference where he discussed the government's 2011-12 federal budget.
10 May 2011
Public mental health and private mineral wealth are the big winners out of this year's budget, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"The Greens are celebrating the $1.5 billion boost to mental health funding, although we are shocked to discover that almost $0.5 billion is outside the forward estimates. There is a bias in the overall budget to the influential mining barons who are unelected and send massive profits overseas. While the mining corporations gain, programs for Australians, including the environment have been cut by billions," Senator Brown said.
02 May 2011
The Australian Greens encourage and support excellence in the teaching of our children.
"We want our school environments to be the best possible," Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on education, said.
"We don't believe a one-off payment to teachers, based on the performance of students according to NAPLAN test results, is the best way to reward them.
"We know teachers in every school across the country work very hard at educating our children, often in trying circumstances. We believe our teachers deserve better pay and conditions, particularly if we wish to encourage graduates to enter the field and be retained."
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.
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.
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.