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Pyne’s research funding purge must end: Bandt

Reports in today’s media suggest Education Minister Pyne is continuing to threaten research funding despite backing down on immediate cuts of $150 million to the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) funding, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said today.

The Education Minister has said the Future Fellowship program, a key program supporting mid-career researchers, would not continue because of the Senate’s rejection of the government’s deregulation plan.

“Christopher Pyne’s research funding purge must end”, Mr Bandt said.

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Adam Bandt's response to Pyne's research announcement: if we stare this government down, we can beat them

Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today responded to Christopher Pyne’s backdown on his threat to cut funding for Australian researchers and world-leading facilities.

“The government has blinked, proving that if we stare the Liberals down, they can be beaten.”

“The community clearly values science and research much more than they value the Abbott government.”

“Christopher Pyne’s backdown from his grubby attempts to blackmail the Parliament is a huge win for Australian scientists and researchers.”

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