Submissions to government—September to November 2019

November 28, 2019
Pale blue ice- and snow-covered mountains under a blue sky
The National Committee for Antarctic Research made a submission for the revision of the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan, taking into account new scientific developments and changes in national strategy, capability and resourcing.

The Academy has made the following submissions to government since September.

Inquiry into evidence-based regulation of farm practices that impact water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef

The Academy made a submission to the Inquiry into the identification of leading practices in ensuring evidence-based regulation of farm practices that impact water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef. It expressed its strong support for the principle that public policy should be informed by the best available evidence, in this case evidence synthesised in the 2016 Reef Report Card, expert advice as represented by the 2017 Scientific Consensus Statement: Land use impacts on Great Barrier Reef water quality and ecosystem condition, and the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019.

Consultation on Data Sharing and Release Legislative Reform

The Academy made a joint submission with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering to the consultation on Data Sharing and Release Legislative Reform addressing proposed changes to legislation on the sharing of public data collected through government services. 

Inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia

The Academy made a submission to the Inquiry into the Prerequisites for Nuclear Energy in Australia. It identifies key areas of concern for small modular reactors including waste management, public health, and energy affordability and reliability. 

Inquiry into growing Australian agriculture to $100 billion by 2030

The Academy’s National Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food made a joint submission with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources. They commend the target but acknowledge it will not be achieved without addressing the threat of climate change.

Square Kilometre Array Observatory Treaty

The Academy’s National Committee for Astronomy made a submission to parliament in support of the convention establishing the Square Kilometre Array Observatory, a key aspect of the international ‘big science’ project to establish the world’s largest radio telescope.

Space Infrastructure Fund (SIF): Mission Control Centre Consultation Paper

The Academy’s National Committee for Space and Radio Science made comments on the proposed funding scheme for the SIF: Mission Control Centre to ensure the centre can be regarded as a national facility supporting operational, educational and research opportunities in space and radio science.

Revision of the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan 2011–12 to 2020–21

The Academy’s National Committee for Antarctic Research made a submission of 10 recommendations to the Australian Antarctic Science Council for the revised strategic plan, taking into account new scientific developments and changes in national strategy, capability and resourcing.

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