Labor supports the aims of the March for Science, an international movement advocating for the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge.


It is a disgrace that scientists and friends of science must take to the streets to defend the values of curiosity driven discovery, and the role of expertise in society.

This week a poll conducted by the Australian National University showed that 82% of Australians want science to play a greater role in public policy, and more than two thirds say government investment is the best mechanism for this to occur.

Science is fundamentally about people. Without a skilled and well-trained workforce there can be no extraordinary machines invented, nor astonishing discoveries made. We cannot be an innovation nation without also being an education nation.

Science, research and innovation will be at the centre of the agenda for a Shorten Labor Government.

Our investments will help grow the new industries that will drive Australia’s economy in the future, creating more good jobs today and for our kids in the years to come.

Labor believes in the power of ideas to transform our nation and build a richer, fairer and more sustainable future.

Bill Shorten and Labor have a plan for science. 

We have committed to placing scientists, and our science and research agencies at the centre of public policy. At the last election Labor committed to:

  • Rebuild CSIRO and restore the role of public good science.

  • Place science education at the centre of our plans for schools and universities.

  • Make sure that Australia continues to produce great female scientists.

  • Value discovery, by moving to properly fund research, improve success rates in grant funding, and build research capacity in the regions.

  • Connect science and industry, by investing in important funding mechanisms like the CRC program, continuing Industrial Transformation Research Hubs, and boosting the number of PhDs in industry.

  • Protect our environment; Labor believes science will play a role meeting great national challenges like saving the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Build capacity in enabling science - both in our workforce and our national research infrastructure.

The March for Science, with the active support of the Australian people, can play a critical role in building a movement to yet again place science at the centre of public policy.

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