FASTS welcomes new science ministerial team

Monday, 26 November, 2001

Scientists and technologists welcome the appointment of Brendan Nelson and Peter McGauran as ministers responsible for science.

Professor Chris Fell, President of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies, said their record of achievement was a good portent for the science sector.

He also gave a cautious endorsement of the new departmental arrangements, which place science with education and training. "The big issue is the level of the national investment in science and research," he said. "Australia needs to lift its investment by commonwealth and state governments and by industry."

"In launching 'Backing Australia's Ability', the Prime Minister said he was determined "to back innovative Australians, build on known strengths, explore new opportunities, and compete successfully with the best the world has to offer," Professor Fell said. "That is a great statement of principle. We would like the government to remember these words when they come to setting the new triennium budget for CSIRO this year.

Item provided courtesy of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies.

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