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Labor chickens out of vote: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and Science & Research spokesperson, Adam Bandt, has criticised Labor for refusing to allow a vote on his motion to protect science and research funding from budget cuts.

"Parliament was due to vote today on an important Greens motion to protect science and research funding from further budget cuts. The motion had the support of the cross-bench and the Coalition and was set to pass," said Mr Bandt.

"Late last night, Labor pulled the motion off the daily program."

"Labor is either chicken or has something to hide about the upcoming Budget."

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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 anti-dumping announcement today, 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.

"There needs to be action on local content rules for infrastructure and large investments, including in the mining and resources sector.

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Labor, Coalition, and Greens condemn Defence Trade Controls Bill – but only Greens oppose it

In a bizarre scenario the Government and Opposition have joined the Greens in slamming the Defence Trade Controls Bill, yet only the Greens oppose the flawed legislation.

Greens spokesperson assisting on Defence Senator Scott Ludlam said "there was cross-party agreement on how flawed this process and outcome has been, speaker after speaker has lined up to condemn it. But when it comes to the vote, the major parties have been given their marching orders".

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Surplus on the back of single parents and job-seekers, while miners off the hook

Today's projected budget surplus is on the back of single parents, trainees and apprentices, researchers and job-seekers, instead of sensibly plugging loopholes in the mining tax and building a stronger revenue base for future investments, the Australian Greens said.

"Today's Budget update confirms that Labor is more committed to Australia being a coal country than a caring or clever country," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Research Budget cuts “false economy”: Bandt

The government's failure to rule out science Budget cuts in the upcoming MYEFO is of great concern, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said today.

"I share the concerns of researchers and universities about the impact of a pause or freeze on research funding," Mr Bandt said today.

"The Science Minister's answers in Senate Budget estimates hearings today, along with previous answers by the Treasurer to my questioning, give no comfort to those who want to protect science and research from budget cuts."

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Christine fights to protect Hobart's role as science hub

Christine has met with Prime Minister Gillard to raise concerns about the threats to a number of Hobart's science institutions that are central to the nation's scientific knowledge and the local Tasmanian economy.

Science is integral to Hobart's economic DNA - we have hundreds of marine and Antarctic scientists working here, and several world-renowned institutions based here.

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Manufacturing taskforce: jobs for Illawarra and Hunter if Govt acts

The Hunter and Illawarra regions could receive a strong boost from the recommendations of the Manufacturing Industry Taskforce report released today, if the federal government backs key initiatives such as a strong local content rules, a sovereign wealth fund and training and energy efficiency measures, says Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

"The mining boom and high Australian dollar has helped to shatter manufacturing in the Hunter and Illawarra regions and government attention to boosting manufacturing is well overdue," Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said.

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Manufacturing taskforce backs Greens call for Sovereign Wealth Fund inquiry

Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt has welcomed the release of the Manufacturing Taskforce's report today. Mr Bandt says he will move in Parliament to implement the Taskforce's recommendation for an inquiry into a Sovereign Wealth Fund.

"The manufacturing sector has lost 125,000 jobs in the last four years. We know that the high Australian dollar, in part created by the mining boom, has put pressure on our manufacturing businesses and pressure on jobs", Mr Bandt said.

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