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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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Boosting Research and Development - The Greens' Plan to Secure our Future Prosperity

Our economy is facing serious challenges as the world moves beyond simply consuming our resources. Trailblazing innovation will be critical to our future prosperity. Caring for workers requires government to invest in the jobs of the future today.

Labor has been stealing from our future by cutting funding from research and development programs and our universities. Meanwhile Tony Abbott doesn't want anything to change. He sees coal and mining as the future, regardless of the fact that our trading partners are moving in the other direction.

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Greens back call for national research strategy

Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt has backed a call by Australia’s research and science community for a strategic national research policy to build a stronger, smarter nation.

Today for the first time Australian research bodies, representing hundreds of thousands of Australians, came together to urge non-partisan support for science and all forms of research.

“The Australian Greens wholeheartedly support the six principles outlined by the research and science community today,” Mr Bandt said today.

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