This document outlines a vision for Australian science and technology published in the year 2002.
Then President, Professor Chris Fell said:
Recent years have seen a profound change in the way that science and technology are viewed. There is a national desire for Australia to be of world class in these areas, to capture the benefits of Australian innovation and to take nationally important decisions in the light of sound scientific evidence assessed by a scientifically literate community. There is also strong economic evidence that investment in scientific R&D yields a healthy rate of return.
One of the promising signs in Australia in this period is that both major political parties have increased their commitment to science and technology. The commitment has been accompanied by some modest (but welcome) increases in funding…
The policies FASTS puts forward are the collective view of 60,000 working scientists and technologists. This is our attempt to change the national direction, to put in place the long-term strategies that will reap rewards for both the current generation and our children.
Note: This was published when Science & Technology Australia was known as the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS).