The new Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, has acknowledged the importance of science and innovation for shaping Australia’s destiny.
At his National Press Club address on 22 March 2017, the Minister spoke about Australia’s current economic setting and the challenges we face, specifically:
The Minister noted that disruption and change are inevitable and the government’s innovation policies are all about facilitating a mindset shift towards innovation across all industries and helping businesses respond to disruption in the market so that the benefits of new economic opportunities are reaped.
“The scientific community is a critical contributor to the new Australian economy. It drives our traditional sectors to be smarter and more competitive – on and off shore,” Minister Sinodinos said.
He also noted that collaboration is a key focus for his portfolio, specifically improving collaboration between researchers and business to “translate publicly funded research into real products”.
The Minister highlighted the government’s utmost respect for the role of science in policy-making and spoke about the new National Science Statement, which was also released on 22 March 2017. He said The Science Statement is “an enduring framework to guide our decisions on what we need and what we want from science.”
The National Science Statement sets out the government’s long-term commitment to science, including funding for the provision of “the best research infrastructure in the world”.
To realise its vision, the government will act in three leadership roles:
All of these initiatives have direct relevance to what we do here at AARNet in our role as a key research infrastructure provider for the nation’s universities and research institutes. Our high-capacity ultra-fast national and international data communications network and collaboration services such as CloudStor underpin knowledge creation and discovery by seamlessly connecting researchers, instruments, storage and computational facilities and other scientific resources.
We look forward to the opportunities ahead, to collaborating with government and the research and education sector, and evolving our network and services to drive a wave of transformation and innovation that will change the lives of Australians for the better.
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