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Morrison’s plastic inaction feels like ‘last straw’ for environment

While the Morrison government arranges photo opps to cheer on McDonalds’ renunciation of the plastic straw, there is nothing to celebrate in the fact that plastic recycling has fallen from 12 per cent to 9 per cent on its watch.

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Morrison’s NBN a costly disaster

We grasped the NBN nettle and we set out to deliver a fibre-rich network to the people of Australia. They came along and, within the first five minutes of this now eight-year-long government, they put us on the path to an enduring disaster.

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Morrison Government’s (Un)Fair Work Act

We have to look at these changes in the broader context that we’ve faced in Australia over the last 10 years and certainly in Australia over the last eight years under this government. The government have sought to undermine workers’ pay and conditions at every turn, and they have been successful. They have been successful in undermining pay and conditions at every turn. They have presided over stagnant or falling real wages. That is a fact. Wages in Australia as a share of national income have fallen to a historic low. In fact, as a share of national income, wages have dropped below 50 per cent for the first time since 1959.

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World-class film studios at Fremantle a game-changer for industry

Australia’s creative industry should be a foundation stone of our recovery from the pandemic; but more than that, it should be one of the strongest and brightest vectors of our future productivity, economic activity, and jobs – of our storytelling and engagement with the world.

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Morrison Government must release $1.2B from dead Roe 8

Nothing demonstrates the deep uselessness and irrelevance of the WA Liberals better than the fact that after 4 years in which you think they might have done some policy work and considered some new ideas, the self-described centrepiece of their 2021 campaign is – wait for it! – Roe 8 and Roe 9.

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Feral Cats report shows Morrison Government failures

Scientists in this space talk about not just actual extinction but the extinction of experience. Unfortunately, many Australians will go for a walk in the bush and see virtually no animals and think, ‘Well, this is Australia. It is a harsh landscape. There are just not that many animals around or perhaps they are hiding.’ That isn’t true. Our country used to be full of animals. They used to be everywhere until we destroyed it. We have an opportunity to stop that destruction, but the government needs to get the report, pay attention to it and respond with the kinds of measures that it calls for.

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Jobkeeper full of holes and blindspots

This is a hands-off government. It’s a nothing-to-see-here government. It’s a how-dare-you-question-us government. A government of the spreadsheet, for the spreadsheet of their own self-interest. A government that is always there for friendly companies who could use $80 million for water that never arrives; or $30 million for Leppington land that’s worth a tenth of that – but never, never there for those doing it tough.

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Women & girls in science

The under-representation of women and girls in science is both an inequity and a missed opportunity. We must keep working to remove the stereotypes and structures that have created this imbalance, in the interest of fairness, and in the interest of science itself.

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Bushfire and environmental protection failure

It’s bewildering that in these circumstances, the government has no interest in acting to address Australia’s failed environmental protection framework. Instead it seeks to maintain the status quo –a weak and ineffective set of national standards, with no monitoring and compliance agency to enforce them.

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Bi-partisan cat inquiry reveals government failure to protect threatened species

On the current trajectory, the future for many of our native species, particularly mammals and birds, is bleak. Yet in response to the patent lack of target achievement under the current 5-year Threatened Species Strategy, the Morrison Government has recently announced a new 10-year strategy without additional resources or funding. This is an unacceptable case of kicking the can down the road, and Australia’s native wildlife will pay the price for this neglect.

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