Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Investment in science and innovation

Labour Leader
Investment in science and innovation will transform our economy

Investing in science and research is the way to create innovative industries that lead to higher productivity and higher earnings for New Zealanders and the country as a whole, says Labour Leader David Shearer.

In a speech to the NZ Association of Scientists, David Shearer said that National has made decisions that have set science backwards. Those decisions include axing research and development tax credits, cutting post-doctoral fellowships and wasting time and money on science sector restructuring.

“Two-thirds of OECD countries offer R&D incentives. We no longer do. We’re not even in the game.

“Hundreds of leading Kiwi scientists depended on fellowships to carry out their research. In 2010, the Government axed them. That gutted our ability to keep our best and brightest here in New Zealand.

“And the latest idea from the Government is about moving offices not moving forward. We’ve wasted years turning the science sector upside down yet no-one can show us how the reshuffle will help promote science.

“I believe in the power of science to transform our economy. I believe in the power of ideas, knowledge and research to improve the lives and wellbeing of New Zealanders. And I believe it takes leadership to unleash our science and to create a clever economy.

“Our economic viability is linked directly to our ability to produce new and innovative products and solutions. That type of economy will generate better jobs with higher incomes to keep our young and talented people in New Zealand.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news