Science and innovation front and centre for Turnbull Government

21 September

Inaugural veski innovation fellow and President of the Australian Academy of Science Professor Andrew Holmes welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement that the industry, innovation and science portfolio is one of his Government’s ‘most important agendas’. Professor Holmes also welcomed the appointment of Christopher Pyne as Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

In his statement he said the Academy looks forward to working with the Turnbull Government to put science and innovation firmly at the centre of a strategy to build an agile and innovative Australia.

“Prime Minister Turnbull has wasted no time in articulating a vision for an agile, innovative Australia with science and innovation at the centre of a whole-of-government strategy,” Professor Holmes said.

“We welcome his approach and look forward to working with the Prime Minister and Ministers across all science- and education-related portfolios to build a strong future for Australia.”

“We thank outgoing Minister Industry for Science Ian Macfarlane for initiating a national strategy for science and we look forward to working with Minister Pyne to ensure Australia takes a long-term, strategic approach to scientific infrastructure, careers and research funding.

“We welcome the news that Karen Andrews will continue her work with the sector as Assistant Minister for Science: Ms Andrews has proven to be astute and committed to the portfolio, and we look forward to continuing to work with her, and to working with the new Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy."

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