Scientists to work across the Morrison Ministry to ensure science informs policy development

May 27, 2019

The Australian Academy of Science welcomes the reappointment of the Hon Karen Andrews to Cabinet as the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

Academy President, Professor John Shine, said Minister Andrews’ strong and ongoing commitment and advocacy for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is clear.

“A STEM-skilled MP in this portfolio provides the new Morrison government with a minister who has a deep understanding of the issues facing the sector,” Professor Shine said.

“We look forward to working with Minister Andrews to implement the STEM measures announced in the Federal Budget in April, including $3.4 million in new funding to support women in STEM.”

The Budget announcement included new funding for the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative, which is led by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. 

“Science underpins so many portfolios—health, water, agriculture, cities, environment, energy, cyber safety, emissions reduction and defence industry,” Professor Shine said.

“We will work across the ministry to encourage an evidence-informed approach to policy development in these areas and more.”

The Academy also looks forward to working with Education Minister Dan Tehan on STEM education in schools and Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Marise Payne on the completion and release of the Soft Power Review.

The Academy congratulates Warren Entsch on his appointment as special envoy for the Great Barrier Reef—a world heritage listed Australian treasure that needs close attention.

Large group of people smiling at camera, with Karen Andrews and Anna-Maria Arabia in centre front
The Hon Karen Andrews (centre left) at the launch at Parliament House of the Women in STEM Decadal Plan in early April.

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