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Research a big casualty in Liberals' Mid-Year Economic Update



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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

SENATOR THE HON KIM CARR

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INNOVATION, INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND

RESEARCH

SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

SENATOR LOUISE PRATT

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY

LABOR SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

RESEARCH A BIG CASUALTY IN LIBERALS’ MID-YEAR ECONOMIC UPDATE

Outstanding Australian research is at serious risk thanks to the Liberals’ $328

million of cuts, revealed today in their mid-year economic update.

Australian researchers have produced some incredible inventions such as the

cochlear ear implant, WiFi, and a vaccine for cervical cancer.

But the Liberals’ cuts will damage Australia’s capacity to make exciting new

discoveries, and create the industries of the future.

These cuts to the research block grants scheme will cost jobs at Australian

universities and research institutes.

Today’s research cuts come on top of the Liberals’ $2.2 billion of university cuts.

Only Labor will ensure our universities have a secure future. Our nearly $10 billion

investment will see an extra 200,000 Australians get the opportunity of a university

education.

Science, Research and Innovation budget tables, released in October, showed the

Liberals have reduced spending on science, research and innovation by $1.1

billion in real terms — a cut of 10 per cent over the past five years.

The Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government talks a big book on science and

research, but the facts are very different. Bill Shorten has declared that if Labor

wins the federal election, which must be held within the next six months, we will

end the Coalition’s war on science and research.

Labor understands that universities, science and research are fundamental to

Australia’s future.

MONDAY, 17 DECEMBER 2018

MEDIA CONTACTS: DAN DORAN (PLIBERSEK) 0427 464 350

THOMAS MOORHEAD (CARR) 0427 126 355