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Greens Plan Giant Boost to Science and Research

By Australian Greens

The Australian Greens want to put Australia on a path to spending 4% of GDP on science and research by 2030.

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Announcing the policy at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in the electorate of Melbourne, Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale and Science and Industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said the policy would make Australia a world leader in investment in research and development.

The $5 billion plan costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office increases funding to the CSIRO to end job cuts, boosts funding for the ARC, NHMRC, CRCs and universities, restores tax breaks for business R&D and establishes a new Australian innovation fund with investments from the Future Fund.

“‘Innovation’ isn’t just a buzzword Malcolm Turnbull can use to sell his corporate tax cuts, it underpins Australia’s future prosperity,” Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale said.

“The Greens’ research investment plan will help build a smarter, healthier more prosperous Australia. It will invest in building skills, research infrastructure and incentives for business to participate. We will increase funding, improve access to information, foster national and international collaboration, protect our key research institutions and deliver the research and innovation Australia needs to remain competitive,”

“This transition won’t just happen, it requires leaders with a vision for the new economy and the courage to take us there.”

“The industries and jobs...

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