I'm a Labor Senator for Victoria, standing up for all Victorians. I'm also a member of the Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. 

Feel free to contact my office about any relevant issues on (03) 9639 2798.

Senator Kim Carr

Innovation policy is not just about the latest trends. It is about the future of Australia – for all of us.

It is also not just about backing a great idea or promoting the next cool initiative. It is about applying a thoughtful, integrated systems approach, fostering an environment where great ideas and cool initiatives thrive every day.

That’s the approach Labor took in government with our 10-year national innovation agenda, Powering Ideas. And it is still our approach today.

For Labor, innovation policy applies not just to a small section of the economy, but to every enterprise. It applies not just to industry, but to universities and TAFEs, research institutes, the public service and the community sector.

At the centre of our policy is a commitment to Australia as a science nation, as an entrepreneurial nation and an advanced manufacturing nation. These are different facets of the same initiative, directed at the same objective – our future national prosperity.

This philosophy is championed at the very top, by Labor’s leader Bill Shorten.

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    MONDAY 22 OCTOBER 2016



    Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to speak to you on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten.

    I want to put forward for your consideration three obstacles impeding the way the political system deals with science, research and innovation policy.

    These are the increasing alienation of many people from mainstream politics; the effect of Budget cuts; and a narrow, counter-productive emphasis on commercialisation of research.

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