STA WELCOMES ALP SCIENCE POLICY
Senator Kim Carr
Science & Technology Australia welcomed the ALP science and research policy, released today.
STA President Professor Michael Holland said:
“STA has long called for a strategic and sustainable plan for investment in science and research. Such a plan would allow Australia to adapt as the resources boom wanes, emerging stronger, smarter and more resilient.
“Scientists applaud ALP commitments to:
Implement a strategy for long-term investment in research and research infrastructure;
Commission a review, chaired by the Chief Scientist, to advise government on the most appropriate ways to secure future funding for landmark research facilities, and
Implement the recent report from the Chief Scientist, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the National Interest: A Strategic Approach (2013).
“We strongly support the ALP’s statement that science and research ‘hold the key to our future global competitiveness and our prosperity and harmony at home’.
“Initiatives to bring industry and research closer together through the establishment of a new National Innovation Council and Australian Innovation Partnerships are also welcomed.
“Higher education as well as innovation and international education commitments are also included in the raft of announcements made today.
“Australia’s achievements in science, technology and innovation will shape our prosperity in the 21st century, and dictate the kinds of jobs and lives our children will have.
“Support for science should be above politics, a matter of multi-party support.
“We call on the Coalition to tell the public about their vision for a stronger, smarter nation so that voters can make an evidence-based choice on polling day,” Professor Holland said.
STA is the peak group for the nation’s 68,000 scientists and those working in technology. STA’s mission is to bring together scientists, governments, industry and the broader community to advance the role, reputation and impact of science and technology in Australia.