There has been much excitement in these pages over the past few weeks as the self-appointed defenders of all that is good rage against the temerity of universities in insisting on their intellectual sovereignty by applying long-held standards of rigour and objectivity.
These heroic culture warriors insist that universities are wrong to maintain their independence from a donor’s preferences on content, direction and staffing of a funded program.
SPEECH TO THE ARC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR ROBOTIC VISION LAUNCH: A ROBOTICS ROADMAP FOR AUSTRALIA.
PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA
MONDAY, 18 JUNE 2018
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Senate Estimates has today revealed that the Turnbull Liberals are preparing to spend $450,000 on a pre by-election advertising campaign to sell the largely unknown Industry Growth Centres initiative.
Officials confirmed the money will be spent by the Department of Industry in the next two months - right before the super Saturday by-elections take place on 28 July.
Today’s announcement of the “National Research Infrastructure Investment Plan” is yet another pre-election stunt by an increasingly desperate government.
It is a promise by a government that is specialising in new frontiers of creative accounting.Read more
Labor welcomes today’s announcement of Dr Megan Clark AC as the inaugural head of the Australian Space Agency.
Dr Clark was a passionate and effective Chief Executive Officer of the CSIRO between 2009 and 2014.
In that role Dr Clark stood firm as a defender of CSIRO and continued to inspire staff at a time when science too often came under attack from people who should have known better.Read more
Malcolm Turnbull’s 2018-19 Budget is a mirage when it comes to investment in science, research and innovation.
Despite lofty claims of billions of dollars, the actual amount of additional spending on science and research initiatives is only $33.9 million in 2018-19.Read more
A Shorten Labor Government will ensure that more trains are built in Australia by local manufacturing workers – establishing a National Rail Plan to ensure that every dollar of Federal funding spent on rail projects goes towards creating local jobs and protecting our rail industry.
Australia will spend more on rail in the next decade than on submarines. It’s important to get that investment right.Read more
Labor welcomes the revelations – via a unsourced leak to the ABC – that the Government will act to set up and fund an Australian Space Agency in next week’s budget, to be led by former CSIRO Chief Executive Officer, Megan Clark.
However, Labor is concerned that the Liberals will use the establishment of a space agency as an excuse to engage in marginal seat pork barrelling.Read more
Turnbull should adopt Labor's plan to safeguard local jobs against the threat of trade cheats dumping below-cost steel, aluminium and other goods in Australia.
Labor welcomes the Trade Minister's confirmation today that Australia is permanently exempt from US steel tariffs.
But the real threat to Australian jobs is cheap foreign goods being dumped in our local market.
In May 2017, Labor led the way by announcing that in Government we would establish a four year SMART visa for the best and brightest overseas talent in Science, Medicine, Academia, Research and Technology.
Labor’s new SMART visa would mean the best and brightest talent from around the world would have the opportunity to develop their ideas in Australia – with a pathway to permanent residency for educators, innovators and researchers of a global standing.Read more