New members appointed to the National Science and Technology Advisory Council

Six of the nation’s most prominent scientists, including a Nobel Prize winner, have been appointed as board members of Australia’s peak science advisory body. Professors Genevieve Bell, Barbara Howlett, Geordie Williamson and Debra Henly will join Professors Brian Schmidt and Ian Frazer on the National Science and Technology Council, which was announced recently by the Liberal National Government to boost jobs…

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More support to inspire curious minds in STEM

More than 60 school girls will be supported in their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as part of the Curious Minds program beginning this week. Curious Minds is a six-month program for young women that provides specialist coaching programs, industry expert lectures, interactive sessions and field trips in the STEM field. A group of 64 students from Years…

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Security of payments recommendations

The Liberal National Government has welcomed a report urging the Western Australian Government to adopt key recommendations to ensure subcontractors working in the state’s construction industry feel more confident about being paid on time.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews welcomed the report from John Fiocco, which recognises the need for greater national consistency and urges WA to implement…

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CSIRO to manage European space agency’s ground station in WA

The Liberal National Government welcomes the selection of Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, to provide maintenance and operational support for the deep space tracking station at New Norcia in Western Australia. The New Norcia station, 130 kilometres north-east of Perth, provides tracking, communication and data download services to European Space Agency missions exploring our solar system, as well as missions of…

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Backing Queensland’s bait prawn industry

Joint media release with the Prime Minister The Liberal National Government is supporting jobs in the Queensland bait prawn industry, as the industry works to recover from an outbreak of white spot syndrome virus.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison said $5 million over three years would be shared among local organisations to relieve costs of keeping our country…

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Grants support dynamic duo of innovation

A business incubator helping start-ups fast track new products to the global market and another that works in the clean energy sector are the latest to receive funding from the Liberal National Government’s Incubator Support initiative. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews today announced ManuFutures, an innovation hub based in Geelong’s Deakin University, and Sydney-based The Energy Laboratory had…

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Superstars of STEM shoot for the stars

Sixty outstanding women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have been selected to participate in the second round of the Superstars of STEM program.  The Superstars of STEM announced today include some of Australia’s most inspirational scientists, technologists and educators who will help encourage girls to study STEM subjects and consider a career in STEM. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology…

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Places of Pride

Local MP, Karen Andrews is encouraging communities on the Gold Coast to contribute to the Australian War Memorial initiative Places of Pride— an online national register of war memorials will record the locations and images of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia. Minister Andrews said Places of Pride reminds Australians that, irrespective of distance, the stories told at the Australian War…

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Helping to better protect Australian businesses from counterfeiting

Australian businesses and consumers could soon have access to new technology to help protect their products from the risks of counterfeiting, thanks to a new initiative from the Liberal National Government.  The Smart Trade Mark is designed to help Australian businesses protect their goods from imitation products in overseas markets and improves consumer confidence by ensuring overseas customers purchase quality Australian-made…

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