Science & Technology Australia today congratulated the Coalition on its return to Government and called for a strong and forward-looking commitment to supporting great Australian science and technology and STEM education.
“We congratulate the Turnbull Government and all MPs and Senators who succeeded at this Federal election, and look forward to working with all parties towards a thriving and resilient future for Australia,” said STA Chief Executive Officer Kylie Walker.
“During the election campaign, the Coalition reiterated its commitment to the National Innovation and Science Agenda, to boost technology education, and to expanding opportunities for women in STEM. It also confirmed it would implement the recommendations of last year’s Watt review: these are welcome commitments and we look forward to working with the Government to bring them to fruition.”
Ms Walker said Labor and the Greens had also made election commitments to support Australian research and important scientific infrastructure and institutions.
“In our pre-election survey of the major parties, STA was heartened by strong cross-party support for strategic and steady investment in STEM research, infrastructure and education,” she said.
“We hope all parties will honour those commitments and work together to support the robust and growing science, technology and innovation sector Australia needs, to build a strong economy and ensure the wellbeing of Australians now and into the future.”
STA also called on the Government to meet the climate change commitments it made in the Paris agreement, to reduce emissions by 26 to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030.
“Voters are concerned about climate change and want stronger action, and the science sector is keen to work with the Government to strengthen climate policy,” Ms Walker said.
STA is the peak group for the nation’s 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.