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Major boost for east coast high-speed rail

Greens Deputy Leader and HSR spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said a new report has given added impetus to East Coast high-speed rail (HSR).

“The Greens would build high-speed rail along Australia’s east coast. The case is already too compelling not to. Today’s high-level report makes it more so,” said Mr Bandt.

“The report by Beyond Zero Emissions, the German Aerospace Centre and the University of Melbourne makes clear the myriad advantages HSR would bring to the majority of Australians who live along the east coast.

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Pyne needs to Keep It Clever

Greens Deputy Leader and Science & Research spokesperson Adam Bandt MP and Higher Education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon, today said the Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, needs to Keep It Clever.

“Mr Pyne appears to be suffering a case of cognitive dissonance,” said Mr Bandt.

“He is talking up our universities and says that he backs the Universities Australia ‘Keep It Clever’ campaign but at the same time the Abbott Government is lining up higher education and research for funding cuts.

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Fate of East-West toll road rests with Labor

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP today said that the fate of the proposed $8 billion East-West toll road rests with Labor.

“Dennis Napthine is proceeding to flush at least $8 billion dollars of taxpayers’ money down the drain, with Linking Melbourne Authority reportedly consulting with councils on where the groundwork will begin,” said Mr Bandt.

“If Labor commits to tearing up the contracts for the proposed toll road if it wins the State election later this year, I don’t believe that the project would proceed.

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IPA irresponsible to call for end to minimum wage

Greens Deputy Leader and Industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the IPA was irresponsible to call for the end to the minimum wage.

“The Institute of Public Affairs is a group of economic extremists. Calling for the end of the minimum wage is a threat to the country’s way of life,” said Mr Bandt.

“Our prosperity does not and should not depend upon pitching at least 1.5 million low-income Australian workers into poverty. The suggestion that it should is regressive, offensive and unnecessary.

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Manufacturing needs green jobs plan

Greens Deputy Leader and Industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said pressure is mounting on Tony Abbott to produce a jobs and manufacturing plan.

“Today’s report from the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency is a wake-up call for Tony Abbott to produce a jobs and manufacturing plan,” said Mr Bandt.

“In the US, Michigan built on its historic auto manufacturing strengths to grow its renewable energy industry, providing new employment for its skilled workforce,” said Mr Bandt.

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Planning committee urged to reject East-West toll road

Greens Deputy Leader and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP today urged the project assessment committee to reject the proposed East-West toll road.

“Although today was the first time I have had the opportunity to address the committee, what I said hasn’t changed. This proposal is a white elephant in the making that will waste billions of taxpayers’ dollars, fill our suburbs up with more cars, create more pollution and destroy what’s best about inner Melbourne,” said Mr Bandt.

“The proposed project’s numbers don’t add up and there’s no business case for it. It will turn the city into a rat’s nest of on and off ramps and people will still be stuck in traffic because the road will quickly fill up with more cars, adding to pollution.

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Greens back research campaign

Greens Deputy Leader and Science & Research spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the higher education sector was giving Tony Abbott a clear message in the run up to the Budget.

“It is fantastic news that Universities Australia is today launching a campaign, called ‘Keep It Clever’, said Mr Bandt.

“The message is that if you cut funding to higher education and research, you cut Australia’s wellbeing and future prospects.

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Abbott leaves Victorian autoworkers hanging: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and Industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, today said that Victorian autoworkers are victims of Tony Abbott’s empty rhetoric and that the failure to plan for Victoria’s economic future was unforgiveable.

“For anyone who still has any doubts, it’s now crystal clear that Tony Abbott has no plan for jobs and no plan for Australian manufacturing,” said Mr Bandt.

“Tony Abbott must deliver on the assistance package for auto workers that he promised in December, said would be delivered in March but has failed to produce.

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A living wage is in the national interest: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt MP, said on Friday that the minimum wage should rise.

“The Greens are backing the calls for a rise in the minimum wage, something both the ACCI and the ACTU are calling for," said Mr Bandt. 

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Senate puts Abbott on notice about research funding: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt MP, today welcomed the Senate’s support for research funding.

“It’s great news that the Senate has today passed the Greens’ motion calling for the Government to respect research by lifting research funding and not cutting it in the forthcoming Budget.

“In the lead-up to the Budget, the Senate has thrown down the gauntlet and put the Abbott Government on notice that any moves to cut research funding won’t have the Parliament’s support.

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