Labor welcomes the announcement today that Professor Tanya Munro will be Australia’s next Chief Defence Scientist, the first woman appointed to that role.
Professor Munro is a highly distinguished physicist, is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia and is an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow.
As a member of the Commonwealth Science Council (CSC), board Member of the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the South Australian Defence Advisory Board, and the South Australian Economic Development Board, she has shown herself to be a strong advocate for Australian science and industry.
Labor looks forward to working with Professor Munro as she commences the next chapter in her service to Australian science and innovation.
Labor would also like to acknowledge the work of outgoing Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky. Dr Zelinsky, who has led Defence Science and Technology group since March 2012, has proven himself as a highly valued member of the scientific community earning bipartisan respect.
Labor wishes Dr Zelinsky all the best in his new position as Vice Chancellor at the University of Newcastle.