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New CSIRO climate science centre a ‘sleight of hand’

Greens Science spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the CSIRO management’s announcement of a new climate science centre in Hobart is really just a sleight of hand manoeuvre designed to distract from its confirmation that 75 climate science jobs and 275 jobs across the board will be cut from our national science organisation.

“The Greens welcome any investment in climate science and the CSIRO, however the motivations behind CSIRO management’s decision must be questioned,” Mr Bandt said.

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CSIRO docs show public good is being ignored

I move:

That the Senate take note of the document.

The documents that have been received out of sitting are the final documents that we have received in response to our order for the production of documents regarding the cuts to climate science at CSIRO. These documents have revealed an absolute litany of problems with the process that was used in these cuts to the CSIRO's climate programs and really show what is at the heart of these cuts. 

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Greens call on Labor to back local steel procurement

Labor's steel plan announced by opposition leader Bill Shorten now falls short of what is needed to ensure the future of the steel manufacturing in Port Kembla (and also Whyalla in South Australia), the Greens said today.

"Mandated procurement on all government projects backed by stringent anti-dumping and quality control rules would provide a viable survival plan for the steel industry," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The people of the Illawarra should be informed on why Mr Shorten has reversed his support for such a policy as he announced last week.

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Use Australian steel for Australian infrastructure projects, say Greens

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms says Australian governments need to commit to using steel made in Australia for major infrastructure projects, to support the Australian steel industry and save workers' jobs.

It was reported today that structural steel made overseas has been used in the construction of South Australia's new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

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Greens welcome support for local steel procurement

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed opposition leader Bill Shorten's announcement backing  genuine local procurement strategies for the steel industry.

"Earlier this week the Greens called on Labor to back the growing campaign for local steel procurement so Mr Shorten's statement is welcome news," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Australian steel industry is on a knife edge. Supporting local procurement is a solid survival plan.

“A steel procurement policy is affordable, economically rational and crucial for saving our domestic steel industry.

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Government must fight for Whyalla’s future: Greens

The Australian Greens call on the Government to provide urgent mental health support to the Whyalla Community as part of any plan to assist in securing the future of the steel industry.

"My thoughts are with the 1100 steelworkers in Whyalla and 7000 across the country during this time of job insecurity. The Government needs to fight for this steelworks to continue operating to ensure Whyalla thrives into the future.

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Governments must commit to securing survival of Whyalla steel industry

Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms is in Whyalla today attending a public hearing for the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Australia's Steel Industry.

"It is critical that steelworks like Arrium in Whyalla have the support they need to continue sustainable operations into the future. Arrium is a major employer in Whyalla and the loss of steelworks manufacturing here would be devastating for the community," Senator Simms said.

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Turnbull refuses to back Chief Scientist on climate

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today refused to back his own Chief Scientist on climate change when asked by Greens MP Adam Bandt in Question Time today.

“Malcolm Turnbull’s Chief Scientist has rightly said ‘we are losing the battle against climate change’, yet the Prime Minister refuses to back him,” Mr Bandt said.

“February this year has been named the hottest month on record ever, smashing a century of global temperature records by what NASA calls a ‘stunning’ margin’.”

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Greens call for federal support for electric car manufacturing following Holden announcement

Australian Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms is calling on the Federal Government to back his bill currently before parliament to kick-start electric car production in SA, following news that hundreds of jobs will be lost from Holden in Adelaide's North.

"My thoughts are with Holden workers during this difficult time," Senator Simms said.

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