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Labor’s Carousel Cabinet Neglecting the Needs of Small Business

 

The Australian Greens have raised concerns Labor’s ad hoc approach to the small business ministry is undermining effective representation of this most important sector in the Australian economy.

Small business spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated it was a significant concern that the new minister, Gary Gray AO, MP has little time to become familiar with the issues facing the sector before the election.

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New minister should bring fresh approach to radioactive waste debacle

The departure of Martin Ferguson from the Cabinet presents a circuit breaker for the Federal Government to progress a real solution for Australia's radioactive waste problem, the Greens said today.

"If responsibility for the waste site is to remain with Mr Gary Gray's portfolio, he should immediately move to drop the campaign to dump the waste at Muckaty Station," said Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy Senator Scott Ludlam.

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ASIO Building Dispute Reinforces Need for Federal Small Business Commissioner with Real Power

 

The ongoing dispute between ASIO and a number of small building firms to the tune of $6m is further evidence of the need for a Federal Small Business Commissioner with real authority.

Australian Greens Small Business spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said the dispute focussing on ASIO’s new Canberra offices was a prime example of the institutional imbalance many small businesses faced when dealing with government departments.

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Medical researchers right on revamp: Greens

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt backed calls by health and medical researchers today to ‘boost research spending and revolutionise the way funds are allocated.’

“Science and research are the key to innovation and a strong, clean economy,” Mr Bandt said.

“Thousands of jobs in Melbourne depend on secure, long-term funding for science and research.”

“Science needs secure funding to protect jobs and set up Australia’s economy for when the mining boom is over.”

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Australian Greens Introduce Bill to Give Federal Small Business Commissioner Some Teeth

 

Australian Greens Introduce Bill to Give Federal Small Business Commissioner Some Teeth

The Australian Greens will today seek to formalise the role of the Federal Small Business Commissioner in legislation with a private member’s bill to be introduced to the Senate.

Greens small business spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated the Party was committed to seeing the role given some ‘real teeth’ in order for it to operate effectively.

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Fix mining tax not research cuts: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt says the Greens want to see the mining tax fixed before considering any changes to research and development tax arrangements.

Mr Bandt says the Greens will get behind the positive jobs and innovation announcements made by the government last week but not the R&D cuts linked to the plan.

"The Prime Minister is spreading misinformation about the Greens' position. The Greens will support the jobs bill because we are pro-jobs, but what we will not support are job-destroying cuts to research funding," Mr Bandt said.

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PM's industry scheme has no guts, no teeth: Bandt

Labor's industry plan lacks guts, Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, said today. Major projects, including the big miners, should have to do more than simply talk to local firms and put an advertisement in the paper. There should also be a requirement to use a minimum level of Australian content.

Mr Bandt said while the plan to connect business and research, including a Melbourne innovation hub, is a great initiative, the government's scheme to create and protect jobs will fail if there isn't real support for manufacturing and services.

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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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Australian Greens to Formalise Role of Federal Small Business Commissioner

 

The Australian Greens today announced their intention to formalise the role of the Federal Small Business Commissioner in legislation with a private member’s bill to be introduced into the Senate in late February.

Greens small business spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated the Party was committed to seeing the role given some ‘real teeth’ in order for it to operate effectively.

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Abbott right on research funding: Bandt

Parliament to vote on Greens - Liberal motion on research funding

Greens deputy leader and science and innovation spokesperson, Adam Bandt, has welcomed Tony Abbott's commitment to quarantine health and medical research from funding cuts. Mr Bandt has called on the Gillard government to match the commitment and for both the old parties to invest more in science and research.

"Promising to protect health and medical research is one of the very few things that Mr Abbott has got right," Mr Bandt said.

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