The old parties are wasting the resources boom and failing to plan for the future as the record mining investment winds down. Adam and the Greens have a plan to drive innovation, roll out the NBN and tackle job security.
Our future lies with our minds, not our mines. The old parties are wasting the resources boom and failing to plan for the future as the record mining investment winds down. Manufacturing in Australia has been under increasing pressure. Meanwhile, the industries that will sustain us in the future – research, healthcare, education, clean energy – are regularly attacked by the old parties.
Instead of spending the current $12 billion that subsidises the fossil fuel industries of the past, the Greens will use these dollars to back the jobs growth areas of the future. Innovation through research and development is critical for promoting new industries and jobs as well as supporting current employment.
Creating jobs, Driving innovation
- The Greens will invest an additional $2.5 Billion over the next four years on research & development, so that Australia can join the United States in spending 3% of our GDP on R&D.
- The Greens will work to assist manufacturing become more energy-efficient. This will save manufacturers money through reduced electricity bills and support workers employed in manufacturing by providing a more secure future. Melbourne is home to world-leading health and medical research. However, governments routinely threaten funding cuts to this vital area of society and the economy.
The Greens will:
- Secure and boost research funding for the long term
- Fund the indirect costs of health and medical research
- Establish Integrated Research Centres and fund critical research infrastructure
- Reverse Labor and the Coalition's successive cuts to the Sustainable Research Excellence program
- Make funds available to help translate discoveries into new treatments.
The Greens strongly support the NBN – and have helped ensure that it remains a ‘common good’ owned by the Australian people.
Growing job insecurity has meant that many people, like university workers and teachers, can’t plan their lives, because they don’t know from year to year if they’ll have a job. Adam has introduced legislation to Parliament to tackle job insecurity and continues to fight for job security in and outside of Parliament.