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Bandt congratulates Melbourne science winners

Greens MP and spokesperson on Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Adam Bandt has congratulated two Melbourne based scientists who have been jointly awarded the the $300,000 Prime Minister's Prize for Science.

Professors Ezio Rizzardo (CSIRO) and David Solomon (University of Melbourne) developed new chemical theories that have had a big impact on the production of polymers, particularly in plastics.

"I want to congratulate two of Melbourne's great scientific pioneers," Mr Bandt said.

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Greens congratulate Nobel Prize winner

Greens MP and science spokesperson Adam Bandt has congratulated Australia's latest Nobel laureate, Professor Brian Schmidt.

"This is a well deserved award for Professor Schmidt and a fantastic win for Australian scientific research", Mr Bandt said today.

"It reinforces the importance of government support for science funding particularly for basic research."

The Australian Greens want the Federal Government to adopt a target of 3% of GDP for R&D funding lifting Australia into line with other leading OECD economies.

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Mining myths shattered - time to collect the rent

Watershed research from the Australia Institute released today once again illustrates the need for Australia to manage the mining boom properly, say the Australian Greens.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the paper ‘Mining the Truth' makes it clear the mining industry is dodging its social responsibilities while causing damage to other sectors of the economy.

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Greens welcome govt’s support for Libyan students

 

The Australian Greens have today welcomed the federal government's financial assistance to Libyan students and their dependents who are undertaking courses in Australia.

 

"We are very pleased the Commonwealth has moved to help end the financial limbo faced by 650 students and their dependents following international sanctions against Libya," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

 

"The money is timely and will go a long way to easing the anxiety these future leaders of Libya and their families are experiencing.

 

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Greens getting on with the job

1 September marks one year since the Australian Greens signed an historic agreement with Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labor Government.

The Gillard agreement has achieved outcomes for Australians in terms of passage of bills and lack of confrontation between the houses. We have consultation instead of confrontation.

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R&D bill delivers for Australian innovators

The research and development reforms passed in the Parliament today increase support for small and medium sized businesses, 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.

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Music Matters: a refreshing new take on copyright

The Music Matters campaign launched today in Australia and New Zealand is a refreshing new take on supporting artists for their work through a ‘trust mark' to help fans choose to consume music in a way that supports the artists.

The Greens welcome this initiative as an important step in reconciling the need to support artists for their creative work with the increasingly diffuse means of consumption and online sharing culture which can bring tremendous benefits to creative artists.

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