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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 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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Abbott must do for scientists what he did for ADF personnel

Greens Deputy Leader and science and industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called for the government to do for our scientists what it did for our defence personnel and abandon its unfair bargaining policy.

"This government has already cut over $100 million dollars from the CSIRO, seeing hundreds of scientists lose their jobs. Now Tony Abbott is making life harder for the scientists and researchers who remain behind, forcing them to do more for less," Mr Bandt said.

"It's no wonder they're looking at industrial action."

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Senate backs Greens motion to protect science & research funding in Budget

Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt welcomed the support of the Senate for a Greens motion calling on the government to protect science & research funding in the Budget.

The motion calls on the government to increase science and research funding, put ongoing funding on a secure footing and reverse the decision to cut the critical Future Fellowships program, which supports mid-career researchers.

“This week, hundreds of scientists came to Parliament to talk with politicians about why investing in science matters.”

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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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Time for Tony Abbott to pull Pyne into line and secure Australian research

With the government’s higher education bill set to fail in the Senate this week, the Australian Greens have called on Tony Abbott to withdraw his government’s higher education Bill and pull Education Minister Christopher Pyne into line and confirm funding for Australian research infrastructure.

“Support for fee deregulation is crumbling. The Senate crossbench looks set to join university students, staff, and the community who have already rejected these reforms,” said Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

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Research and Higher Education Press Conference - Parliament House

The government’s Higher Education reforms are destined to fail in the Senate, with Labor, the Greens and most of the crossbench opposing fee deregulation in any form.

Senator Lee Rhiannon is calling on the government to scrap the Bill and open up a national dialogue about higher education.

Adam Bandt MP has called on Tony Abbott to immediately confirm $150 million in funding for Australian researchers and research infrastructure that Education Minister Christopher Pyne has placed under threat.

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Science, research and jobs threatened by Pyne's Parliamentary blackmail

Greens Deputy Leader and science, research and innovation spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that world-class research facilities around the country and about 1700 jobs face the axe from June 30 this year under Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s desperate attempt to pass his Higher Education bill by blackmailing the Senate.

“Education Minister Christopher Pyne is blackmailing the Parliament, saying that unless the Parliament passes his plan to increase university fees, he’ll take the axe to science and research facilities in this country,” Mr Bandt said.

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Parliament rejects Abbott R&D cuts

Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, has today welcomed the Senate’s rejection of $620 million in cuts to research and development outlined in last year’s Budget.

The 1.5% cut to R&D tax offset contained in Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 5) Bill 2014 was removed from the bill by the Senate late last night.

“This is a big win for science and research and a big win for business”, said Mr Bandt.

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