Posted by Damien Lawson · February 07, 2013 5:50 PM
The Labor government today refused to allow a vote on a motion moved by the Greens and supported by the Coalition to protect science and research funding.
The motion, moved by Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt, and seconded by Liberal MP, Kelly O’Dwyer, was expected to be voted on today, but didn’t appear on the morning’s notice paper.
The motion called on the Treasurer to secure ARC, NHMRC and other research funding from further budget cuts. Labor cut universities’ research funding by half a billion dollars in the mid-year budget.
Parliament voted 74-66 to allow a final vote on the motion, indicating clear support. However, Standing Orders provide that an absolute majority of 76 is required to suspend usual business to proceed to a vote.
“I want to thanks the cross-bench and the Coalition for supporting my motion. The government should not be able to avoid a vote on an important issue such as science funding simply by not listing the motion for a vote.”
“While we were not able to consider the motion today, I am satisfied that the government has got a clear message.”
“I will continue to campaign for the protection of science and research funding, particularly health and medical research, in the upcoming Budget.”
Posted by Damien Lawson · January 29, 2013 11:35 AM
There are 9830 people in my electorate of Melbourne surviving on Newstart, Youth Allowance or - up until Labor pushed them onto the dole - Parenting Payments Single. They are doing it tough. I want to help draw attention to their plight and to the poverty levels in our wealthy country. I want my Parliamentary colleagues to back the Greens' push to lift Newstart and study allowances by $50/week.
This week, like thousands of people in our wealthy nation, I will be trying to survive on $246.30. This is the Newstart Challenge. Follow my progress here
Posted by Damien Lawson · November 29, 2012 8:05 PM
As public servants across Australia are losing their jobs, the Australian Greens today have succeeded in establishing a Senate inquiry into how the Australian Government can better protect public sector workers from State Government attacks.
"Conservative governments are wielding the knife and public sector workers are looking to the federal Parliament to act,” Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt, said.
Australian Greens Leader, Christine Milne has welcomed Adam Bandt’s election as Deputy Leader of the Greens.
“I'm delighted that Adam is to take on this important role and I'm really looking forward to working together with him as well as our whole party room,” Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.