Greens back call for national research strategy

Greens Deputy Leader and science and research spokesperson Adam Bandt has backed a call by Australia’s research and science community for a strategic national research policy to build a stronger, smarter nation.

Today for the first time Australian research bodies, representing hundreds of thousands of Australians, came together to urge non-partisan support for science and all forms of research.

“The Australian Greens wholeheartedly support the six principles outlined by the research and science community today,” Mr Bandt said today.

“Support for science and research is critical to our continued prosperity and addressing the many challenges we face.”

“As recent cuts to research and university funding have shown, there is not a strong enough consensus on the importance of science and research.”

“I call on the old parties to get behind this timely push for consensus on a national research policy.”

The Australian Greens want the government to set a national target of 3% of GDP for research and development funding, bringing us into line with the top research nations of the OECD.

http://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/page/media-centre/2013-media-releases/australian-researchers-call-for-all-party--non-partisan-backing/

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