Australia’s leading scientists look to the future with the Morrison Government

May 21, 2019

The Australian Academy of Science welcomes the newly elected Morrison Government and will work with it to ensure the economy and workforce can benefit from advances in science and technology of the highest quality and intensity.

Academy President, Professor John Shine AC, said the Academy is a Fellowship of the nation's most distinguished scientists who stand ready to provide independent, timely and relevant science advice to government and to the parliament.

The Academy welcomes the Morrison Government’s ongoing commitment to have a Science Minister in Cabinet and to their 2017 National Science Statement.

“Science can help inform almost every policy challenge—from solving major national and global challenges to spawning new industries, keeping existing ones competitive, and creating jobs,” Professor Shine said.

“Some of these opportunities are laid out in the Academy’s 10-year plans for agricultural sciences, geography, women in STEMand geosciences, all published within the past 12 months.

“Science offers solutions on adapting to climate change and identifying ways all Australians and the economy can benefit from reducing emissions and meeting Australia’s global emissions targets.”

The Academy welcomed the government's Advancing Women in STEM strategy published in April which committed $1.8 million to deliver the next phase of Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), the only national transformative gender equity program of its kind. The Academy looks forward to working with the Morrison Government to progress this important agenda.

The government strategy responds to the issues outlined in the Women in STEM 10-year plan released on 1 April 2019 by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

“We look forward to meeting with the government to discuss science, research and technology priorities,” Professor Shine said.

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