In January the Academy welcomed the new Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos AO, and congratulated Minister Greg Hunt MP on his appointment as Minister for Health and Sport.
Minister Hunt was know for his commitment to science and innovation, his willingness to engage with and understand issues facing the sector and his leadership of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
He established the Office of Innovation and Science Australia and made a number of timely and welcome commitments to science and innovation as drivers of Australia’s economy and social prosperity for the future. His commitment to building international links positioned Australia’s innovation sector to make a real global impact, and he affirmed the importance of the CSIRO as Australia’s flagship science and innovation agency.
Minister Sinodinos’s public policy experience will help translate Australian research in areas such as medicine, clean energy and the basic physical and biological sciences into economic growth.
The Academy will work with Minister Sinodinos to continue building Australia’s science and innovation capacity and policies.
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