Australia’s commitment to world’s largest telescope

Australia has joined six other nations in signing an international treaty committing to the construction of the world’s largest science facility – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The Convention, signed by Australia, China, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa and the United Kingdom, will establish the SKA Observatory.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews said Australia is perfectly positioned to…

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CSIRO’s Data61 launches new robotics research facility

Australia’s robotics research capabilities will receive a boost with CSIRO’S Data61 unveiling a new Robotics Innovation Centre in Brisbane.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews welcomed Data61’s unveiling of the new 600 square metre purpose-built research facility for robotics and autonomous systems, an industry set to be worth $23 billion by 2025.  “CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has a…

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Space Agency and ACT sign pivotal agreement

The Australian Space Agency and ACT Government have set a trajectory to further drive the growth of Australia’s space sector with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today. The MoU will establish a framework of cooperation in the development of space-related industries as the Australian Space Agency looks to strengthen the national space sector from its location in Adelaide.…

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TRANSCRIPT ABC – QandA program with Annabel Crabb

Panelists: Minister Karen Andrews, Linda Burney, Sarah Hanson-Young, Nicole Livingstone and Sabina Shugg E&OE. *Check against delivery* Annabel Crabb: Good evening and welcome to Q and A. I’m Annabel Crabb. Here to answer your questions tonight Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Olympian and head of the Women’s AFL Nicole Livingstone, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews, Labor frontbencher Linda Burney…

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Young Australians value STEM for the future

Young Australians are keen on pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers, and these skills are seen as important to get a good job, according to a new national survey.  These were among the key findings of a survey of 2000 people aged between 12 to 25 and their attitudes to STEM. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology…

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Indigenous STEM Awards honour culture and science

A remote Northern Territory school with a bilingual science program is one of 12 winners announced at today’s Indigenous STEM Awards. Areyonga School, which teaches science in Pitjantjatjara and English, won the School Award and will receive $10,000 to link local Indigenous knowledge to the curriculum, developing inquiry based learning. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews congratulated Areyonga School, about 220km…

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New deal with Indonesia boosts Australian Industry

Australian industries will benefit from duty free access for many steel, iron, copper and plastic products as part of the landmark Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) signed today.  IA-CEPA will deliver significant benefits to Australia’s manufacturing and resources sectors.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews welcomed the signing, saying IA-CEPA would help to further strengthen Australia’s…

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Innovative companies rise to the challenge

An intensive 12-week program to support companies with proven solutions for the mining and energy sectors has begun today in Brisbane and Perth. The RISE Accelerator Program is backed by the Liberal National Government and involves 17 Resources Innovators, Scale-ups and Entrepreneurs (RISE). RISE participants are Australian companies based in Queensland or Western Australia with products or services which are delivered…

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Transcript – Doorstop – Bluescope Steelworks – Port Kembla

Topics: Australia’s steel industry and the impact of the Indonesia-Australia free trade agreement. E&OE: Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells: Well thank you very much for joining us this morning, it’s a great pleasure to welcome Minister Karen Andrews here to the Illawarra. Not her first visit, not her first visit I think, in a previous life Karen was certainly down here. Look,…

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