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Labor plans to ‘turbo-charge’ science investment

Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten says Labor will write off student loans for science graduates, introduce scholarships for science teachers and invest $500 million to help promising technology start-ups.

During his budget reply speech in Canberra on 14 May, Shorten said a Labor government would “turbo-charge” investment in science, technology, smart infrastructure and education to build “a new engine for prosperity”.

Shorten’s emphasis on science is in direct contrast to federal treasurer Joe Hockey’s budget speech which was heavily criticised on social media for failing to mention either science or research.

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