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HON JULIE COLLINS MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND


LOCAL GOVERNMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN
SENATOR CAROL BROWN
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR FAMILIES
AND PAYMENTS
LABOR SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
TASMANIANS URGED TO FIGHT FOR CSIRO JOBS
Tasmanian Labor is calling on the community to sign a petition to stand up for
CSIRO scientists in Hobart following the failure of Tasmanian Liberals to reverse
funding cuts.
Federal Member for Franklin, Julie Collins MP said CSIRO chief executive Larry
Marshall has refused to confirm details of job losses and Minister Pyne has refused
to take responsibility for the effect of his cuts.
It appears Premier Hodgman has had no impact in preventing CSIRO job losses in his
discussions with either Minister Pyne or Dr Marshall.
Senator Eric Abetz has only half-heartedly backed CSIRO, suggesting that it is the
role of Tasmanians to make the case why jobs should be kept in Tasmania.
If Premier Hodgman and Senator Abetz arent willing to stand up for CSIRO workers
in Tasmania then we must show that we are.
We know the Turnbull Liberal Government are only interested in protecting their own
jobs, so we must show them the consequences of attacking Tasmanian jobs.

By signing the petition Tasmanians can send a strong message to the Liberals that
they should abandon plans for job cuts and keep Tasmania smart.
Tasmanian Labor Senator, Carol Brown will launch the petition against the job losses
at a rally with the Community and Public Sector Union at Parliament Lawns at
12.30pm today.
The potential loss of over 100 climate and ocean scientists in Hobart is as a direct
result of a $115 million Budget cut by the Federal Liberal Government, Senator
Brown said.
Staff are yet to be told which jobs will go.
The Federal Government has not even bothered to give staff clarification about how
many jobs are to be lost from CSIRO in Hobart.
This decision won't just have a devastating impact on staff it will seriously
undermine Tasmania's growing reputation as a smart state and the gateway to the
Antarctic.
The petition is accessible at http://keeptasmaniasmart-juliecollins.nationbuilder.com/
TUESDAY, 8 MARCH 2016