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Abbott’s science and research failure continues: Bandt

Overall science and research funding continues to stagnate under the Abbott government, with further cuts in the Budget and important programs stuck on life support.

While the continuation of the Medical Research Fund is very welcome, despite threats to make it contingent on the GP co-payment, concerns remain on the source of its funding from cuts to the health Budget.

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BUDGET DOES NOTHING TO IMPROVE AUSTRALIA’S GLOBAL REPUTATION ON IMMIGRATION

"The Abbott Government's significant cuts in foreign aid are short sighted and self-serving and will further damage Australia's poor global reputation on immigration" Greens spokesperson on Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said.

"With effectively no cuts to aid in Nauru, PNG and Cambodia the government is blatantly paying off these nations to do Australia's dirty work on asylum seeker detention.

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Budget 2015 must save science and respect research: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to lift investment in science and research in the upcoming Budget, starting by reversing the over $100 million in cuts to the CSIRO and offering a fair pay deal to CSIRO staff. Staff at the CSIRO have today began industrial action after negotiations over pay and conditions stalled.

“Tony Abbott’s last Budget was a killer for science and research,” Mr Bandt said.

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