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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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After East West, Hazelwood is next say Greens

More than 200 people gathered on the states of the Victorian State Parliament today calling on the Labor government to replace Hazelwood power station with clean energy.

Hazelwood is Australia’s dirtiest power station and was slated to close by the former Labor government in 2010.

The Greens want Premier Daniel Andrews to follow through with Labor’s commitment to close the power station and put in place a community-led transition for the Latrobe Valley, including mine rehabilitation.

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Prime Minister must rule out penalty rates changes: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and Employment and Workplace Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to rule out changes to penalty rates and the minimum wage after Small Business Minister Bruce Billson backed a review of penalty rates over Easter.

“Time and again, we hear Senior Ministers send different messages,” Mr Bandt said.

“The Employment Minister says he’s ‘surprised’ the Productivity Commission is reviewing penalty rates but the Small Business Minister now backs the growing attack.”

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Hockey's deposit levy should only apply to big 4 banks: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and Finance spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Treasurer Joe Hockey's proposed levy on bank deposits may get passed straight on to consumers, and instead has proposed an alternative model where the levy would be restricted to the big four banks.

"The Greens are concerned that a levy on all bank deposits could be passed directly onto everyday consumers if the levy is simply applied across the board to all banks," Mr Bandt said.

"The Greens propose an alternative model that would see a levy on bank deposits only apply to the big four banks, which would help level the playing field between big and small banks and wouldn't see the levy simply passed on to consumers."

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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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