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Estimates: Car manufacturing subsidies questions

Economics Legislation Committee 
Department of Industry 

21 November, 2013

Senator WRIGHT: I have some questions in relation to car manufacturing subsidies, so we may need to have the other person come back up to the table and play musical chairs. I understand that in the last few minutes you actually gave an indication in response to a question from Senator Carr as to the budgeting for the ATS over the forward estimates up to 2019-20. Was that correct?

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CSIRO job cuts are economic vandalism: Bandt

Greens Acting Leader, Adam Bandt says he is gravely concerned about reports that almost a quarter of CSIRO jobs are under threat from the government's public service freeze.

Mr Bandt said CSIRO cuts would amount to economic vandalism and again prove the anti-science bias of the government.

"Once again we see the anti-science bias of this government on display," Mr Bandt said.

"Tony Abbott is again acting like a Luddite. In the absence of a Science Minister, Tony Abbott needs to urgently clarify what he is going to do to reverse this decision."

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Greens will move to review flawed and dangerous Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Prime Minister Abbott should immediately stop the clock on negotiations over the secret text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which threatens to further extend the power of foreign multinational companies.

In the event that Parliament ever resumes, the Australian Greens will move for the Joint Standing Treaties Committee to urgently review what the Abbott Government is proposing to sign us up to.

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WA Business, Bob Brown and the Greens stand up for the clean energy economy

Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam, former Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and NZ Greens spokesperson for Energy Gareth Hughes MP united with key members of the WA renewable energy industry today to warn against an attack on renewable energy policy following Saturday's Federal election.

"Every time Tony Abbott opens his mouth he is costing WA jobs and investment," Scott Ludlam, Greens Senator for Western Australia said at a joint press conference.

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Securing Our Future: Boosting Australian Research

Science and innovation is the key to prosperity. If we want a strong economy after the mining boom boosting our investment in science is vital.

Our investment in science and research is lagging behind many other developed countries and according to the Chief Scientist we may be set to go backwards.

The Greens will boost Australian investment in research and innovation to 3% of GDP by 2020, boost research councils, reverse Labor's cuts to research funding and more.

Our roadmap to reach 3% of GDP by 2020 includes:

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Gas and oil debate ignores Western Australia’s solar potential

Debate around gas and oil development and the implications of Labor's Northern Territory tax plan misses the main question about Western Australia's energy future, The Greens said today.

"While the Premier attacks the Prime Minister for supposedly threatening his gas ambitions, and Kevin Rudd talks about making Perth an oil and gas headquarters, both Labor and the Liberals are ignoring Western Australia's huge solar potential," said Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

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Greens take stand against nuclear after MacTiernan’s unwelcome conversion

With Japanese Authorities declaring the worsening situation at Fukushima an "emergency", Labor candidate for Perth Alannah MacTiernan has made a baffling pitch for nuclear power to stay in contention for Australia's energy mix.

"The nuclear industry is falling apart worldwide in the wake of Fukushima, the global financial crisis, uncontrollable costs, and overwhelming competition from renewable energy," Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today. Senator Ludlam will debate Ms MacTiernan tonight in Perth.

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Clean energy advocates celebrate while nuclear lobby holds wake in Fremantle

While nuclear power is in retreat around the globe, advocates of clean energy had ‘Better Things To Do' than protest the Uranium Conference held in Fremantle today - attending the 'Better Things To Do' renewable energy industry breakfast.

"There's a reason the Australian Uranium Conference shrinks year on year. Nuclear power is in retreat across the globe. Electricity generation from nuclear power plants dropped by a historic seven per cent in 2012, adding to the then record drop of four per cent in 2011," said Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Anti-Dumping good start, but gov must act on local content: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt has welcomed the government's introduction of anti-dumping legislation, but says the government must now work on local content rules for investments.

"These anti-dumping measures are long overdue", Mr Bandt said

"But these measures alone will not address the problems our manufacturers face. Unless we have strong rules on local content, manufacturing will continue to be squeezed," Adam Bandt said today.

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