Deputy Prime Minister visits ACU Brisbane

Friday, 22 July 2011

Federal Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan visited the Australian Catholic University (ACU) Brisbane Campus on 21 of July to tour the facilities and meet with staff and students.

A question and answer session was also held around the Federal Government’s proposed carbon pricing scheme.

Wayne Swan at ACUWayne Swan at ACU Brisbane campus.

“Tackling climate change is not only essential to protect our precious natural environment – it is an economic imperative,” Mr Swan said.

“Australia is the highest per capita emitter of carbon pollution in the developed world, and we are one of the world’s top 20 polluters in absolute terms.

“Failing to act now will undermine our competitiveness and cost jobs. If we fail to act as a nation, we will miss out on a massive wave of global investment in renewable and low-emissions technologies and all of the jobs and wealth that will bring.”

ACU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven, said it was a pleasure to welcome the Deputy Prime Minister to one of the University’s fastest growing campuses.

“We were extremely pleased to welcome Mr Swan to ACU, which is not only growing in student numbers, but in staff numbers, research output, campus facilities and course offerings,” he said.

“To manage the significant growth in student numbers, the University has committed to an extensive building program, including $18 million worth of improvements at the Brisbane Campus to accommodate new physiotherapy and exercise science courses.”

“ACU’s growth plans reflect the University’s support of the Commonwealth’s participation and access agenda, which is fundamentally about promoting social justice and enhanced productivity as the basis for a participatory society.”