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Greens move to halt Ebola research centre cuts

Cuts to the CSIRO that will undermine research into the Ebola virus must be reversed, Greens Acting Leader Adam Bandt said today.

The Greens will move to reverse the cuts when Parliament resumes in less than two weeks.

The $111 million in CSIRO cuts will affect a number of infectious disease researchers at the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, which is currently researching the deadly Ebola virus.

"Tony Abbott's Budget is toxic and these latest cuts to Australia's only facility for Ebola research show why," Mr Bandt said today.

"When Parliament resumes I will give notice of a motion to oppose these cuts and every MP will be forced to show where they stand on the importance of the CSIRO, including Ebola research."

"I defy any government backbencher to try and justify these cuts."

"The government has inoculated the big banks and the big miners but critical research at the CSIRO goes under the knife. It is not acceptable."


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