A Shorten Labor Government will restore CSIRO’s capacity to drive the national science, research and innovation agenda that will grow new industries and build a smarter Australia.
The Liberals ripped $115 million out of CSIRO in the horror 2014 Budget. One in five CSIRO scientists lost their jobs as a result.
Labor knows Australia cannot be an innovation nation while ripping the heart out of CSIRO.
We will act to end the uncertainty and restore funding and confidence to this great Australian institution.
After more than two years, it is clear that the hallmarks of the Liberals’ innovation agenda are cuts to funding, cuts to scientific infrastructure, cuts to science jobs and the largest brain drain in Australia’s history.
In contrast, Labor has a strong plan for science and innovation, which will help build the industries of the future and create more jobs.
Only Labor can be trusted to restore CSIRO to its place as a world leader in public good research that makes Australia smarter and fairer.