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Research funding blackmail will backfire: Bandt

Responding to reports that the Abbott government may threaten to slash to research funding in a bid to advance its university cuts agenda, Australian Greens research spokesperson and Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt, said the Greens won’t give in to blackmail.

“If Tony Abbott threatens cuts to research funding, he will be met with the mother of all protests,” said Mr Bandt.

"Australia’s future depends on secure and adequate funding for research."

"Blackmailing the Senate to support Tony Abbott’s plan for increased fees for students by threatening ‘doomsday cuts’ to research will backfire."

"The Greens will fiercely resist any plan to cut research funding."

“The Greens’ ‘Respect Research’ campaign has already gathered close to 20,000 signatories and will continue to grow."


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