Media Release: PM must restore cut CSIRO jobs in Newcastle.

Australian Greens Science spokesperson Adam Bandt MP and Greens NSW Senate candidate and Newcastle Councillor Michael Osborne have called on the Prime Minister to restore the jobs that were cut from CSIRO in Newcastle following Tony Abbott’s slashing of $111 million out of the CSIRO in the 2014 Budget.

The 2014 Budget cuts led to almost 20 per cent of jobs being lost at the CSIRO, including some at the Newcastle centre.

Mr Bandt is set to join Cr Osborne in Newcastle this Friday for a forum at Newcastle City Hall on innovation.

“The CSIRO in Newcastle has a world-class solar thermal research facility and this important research can make the Hunter a hub for clean energy,” Greens Senate candidate Cr Michael Osborne said.

“Unfortunately under this Liberal government we have seen scientists and staff at this facility lose their jobs.”

“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal government must support the CSIRO and renewable energy research done here in Newcastle if we are to create jobs-rich future for the Hunter region by restoring these jobs and the cut funding,” Greens NSW Senate candidate Cr Michael Osborne said.

“Malcolm Turnbull talks big on innovation, yet investment in science, research and innovation remains at a 30-year low. It’s time for his actions to match his words.”

Greens Science spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said: “I’m proud to be joining Michael Osborne in Newcastle to discuss with the community, the future of the Hunter region and how we can truly become an innovation country.”

“Australia’s economy is transitioning, yet the Liberals don’t have a plan for when the mining boom is over. Right now, we’re at risk of ending up as a hollowed-out, uneducated quarry without sustainable jobs.”

“Our Federal Parliament needs more people like Michael Osborne standing up for people and fighting for investment in sustainable jobs.”

Media contacts:

Cr Michael Osborne – 0439 442 984

Adam Bandt MP – Adam Pulford, 0429 109 054

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