Academy responds to science and innovation portfolio reshuffle

December 19, 2017

The Australian Academy of Science welcomes newly appointed Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation, Senator Zed Seselja, and congratulates Minister Michaelia Cash on her appointment as Minister for Jobs and Innovation.

While welcoming the appointments Academy President Professor Andrew Holmes said it was disappointing to see science removed from the title of the Ministerial portfolio and assigned to the outer Ministry.

“Science is a critical driver of innovation; it underpins around one quarter of Australia’s GDP, and more than one million jobs are in science-based industries,” he said.

“Placing the science portfolio in the outer ministry is inconsistent with the Turnbull Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda which placed both science and innovation at the heart of Australia’s policy agenda.

“The Academy looks forward to working with Minister Cash and Assistant Minister Seselja to ensure Australia continues to benefit from a strong and stable science sector.”

The Academy also acknowledged the leadership and contribution of Senator Arthur Sinodinos as Minister for Science and Innovation.

“The science sector deeply appreciated Senator Sinodinos’ 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,” Professor Holmes said.

“We wish Senator Sinodinos well as he continues his treatment.”

© 2018 Australian Academy of Science

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