Central Role for Science and Innovation in the Asian Century
“The Asian Century White Paper rightly recognises the central and critical role of science and innovation in Australia’s future prosperity, said Anna-Maria Arabia CEO of Science & Technology Australia.
“Implementation must start today with measures that are budgeted and acknowledged as an investment in our future, rather than a step away from preserving a budget surplus.
“The Asian Century White Paper provides a desperately-needed long-term strategic vision for the next decade, but work must commence today if Australia is to be ready and able to drive and participate in a knowledge-based economy.
“All political parties would be wise to use the Asian White Paper as a guide to shape their polices for the next 10 years, not just the next term of government.
“The skills shortage is already upon us – the Government’s own Research Workforce Strategy states that demand for researchers will outstrip supply by 2020.
“It takes 5-10 years to train scientists and technologists who will be the drivers of innovation and take advantage of the opportunities presented in the Asian century.
“Science & Technology Australia will continue to work with the government to inform the Industry and Innovation Statement and the National Research Investment Framework which must outline:
- Mechanisms to diversify financing of Australian science and innovation;
- Mechanisms to adequately support and develop research infrastructure;
- Measures to improve the quality of science and mathematics teaching at all levels;
- A robust, long term strategy to boost international scientific engagement and collaboration;
- A healthy commercialisation environment; and
- Measures to improve collaboration between industry and academia.
Media contact: Anna-Maria Arabia 0412 940 921
Released: 28 October 2012