Science & Technology Australia (STA) welcomes the release of the Australian Science Statement by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, today.
A long-term, whole-of-government strategic direction for Australian science and technology has been desperately needed, the peak body said.
People working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be eager for the vision to translate to system-wide support from government, STA President Professor Jim Piper said.
He said preserving and extending our world leading research infrastructure was critical to this.
“STA was pleased to be consulted in the formulation of this document, and we are heartened by the government’s consultative approach to setting its agenda,” Professor Piper said.
Professor Piper said STA was happy that the Statement outlined that research would not be restricted by its ability to meet KPIs, a balance between basic and applied research, and the establishment of a Women’s Advisory Roundtable.
“The Science Statement will enable the science and technology research sector and industry to plan for a stronger future for Australia.”
“Science and technology are significant contributors to the Australian economy and deliver significant benefits to many aspects of Australian society,” Professor Piper.
“The focus on Australian skills, Australian science, Australian research, and the impact it can have on Australian policy, is very welcome.”
“What’s important is that the words laid down in this statement are supported by a specific plan of action.”
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