This document outlines a vision for Australian science and technology published in the year 2006.
Then President, Tom Spurling said:
FASTS’ vision for Australia, and its mission as the leading advocate for this vision, is directed by the principles and policy statements outlined in this document. FASTS believes that a robust and productive science and innovation system is a necessary condition for the nation’s future prosperity. This requires understanding and action from Government, the private sector, and the science community.
What FASTS looks for from Government is that they allocate sufficient resources to:
- provide long-term capability building and ‘preparedness R&D’ to make sure that our grandchildren, and their descendants, will enjoy the benefits of these investments;
- take a lead in identifying the social, environmental and security issues that require science and innovation for their solution, in a timely fashion; and
- set strategic long-term economic and industry policies to enable private and public sectors to plan and implement their roles.
Note: This was published when Science & Technology Australia was known as the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS).