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Research tax offset cuts a blow to smart business by government of slow learners

Greens science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on the government to withdraw its legislation from Parliament that seeks to cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of research and development.

The 1.5% cut to the R&D tax offset contained in Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No. 3) Bill 2015 is the exact same measure as that removed by the Senate from the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 5) Bill 2014.

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Research Fund welcome but needs new money: Bandt

Greens spokesperson on science and research Adam Bandt MP today welcomed the move to establish the Medical Research Future Fund, but said it must be funded with new money for the sector.

“The Greens welcome the move to establish the Medical Research Future Fund, but it must be funded with new money for the sector,” Mr Bandt said.

“We’ll look closely at the legislation to make sure it doesn’t allow for ‘cost shifting’ away from other areas of research and health, like the NHMRC budget.”

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Government to throw jobs overboard with shipping industry changes: Greens

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the government’s plan to deregulate the shipping industry would see them throwing jobs and maritime workers’ rights overboard.

“The Abbott government is throwing jobs overboard,” Mr Bandt said.

“We wouldn’t bring in overseas truck drivers to carry goods on the Hume Highway at $2 an hour and we shouldn’t allow the same on our shipping lanes.”

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Government’s backing of CRCs rings hollow after budget cuts: Greens

Greens industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the government’s response to the Review of the Cooperative Research Centres Programme backing continued operation of the programme rings hollow with the $26 million in cuts announced in the Budget last week.

“The government can’t on the one hand claim to support Cooperative Research Centres but then on the other hand cut their funding by $26 million,” Mr Bandt said.

“The Greens remain concerned that with a backwards-facing industry policy and a narrower focus for these centres, the government is continuing to damage science and research in this country.”

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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.

The government has put the NCRIS and the Synchrotron on life support but this comes at the expense of $212.5 million cuts to university research and $26.8 million in cuts to the Cooperative Research Centres program with more cuts possible following a review.

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