L’Oreal Women in Science Awards – Melbourne

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s terrific to join you here this evening for this prestigious celebration of science excellence and achievement, exemplified by the newly minted L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellows. And even more than that, it’s a celebration of women in science: women scientists everywhere pursuing their disciplines, the women on whose shoulders they stand, and the women and girls yet to step up. Twenty years…

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USC Innovation Centre – Sunshine Coast

It’s great to be here at the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast, on the University of the Sunshine Coast Sippy Downs campus. I want to thank Andrew and Mark for inviting me here to be part of today’s events. I’m aware of the important work the Innovation Centre has been doing in this region for the past 16 years. In particular, your work in supporting…

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Commemorating Remembrance Day 2018 on the Gold Coast

On Sunday, 11 November 2018, Australia will mark a significant milestone in its military history, commemorating the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. 100 years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent and the most…

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CSIRO’s fish ID research to help on a global scale

Specimens from the Australian National Fish Collection in Hobart are helping improve the monitoring and management of fisheries thousands of kilometres away, through a project developed by CSIRO.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has toured the fishIDER (fish Identification Database and Educational Resource) during a visit to CSIRO’s Hobart site, saying it shows how Australian research improves industry outcomes…

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Drones unlock safer future for underground mines

A new autonomous drone start-up from Queensland, Emesent, has received venture capital backing for its technology to make underground mines safer and more productive.  Emesent’s first product, Hovermap, is installed on drones to automate data collection in underground areas too dangerous or difficult for people to survey, such as in mines. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Emesent featured world-leading…

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One-stop-shop for financial complaints opens for business

Gold Coast consumers and small business will be spared the expense and inconvenience associated with taking financial complaints to court, with the Coalition Government’s Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) open for business as of Thursday 1 November 2018. “This new one-stop shop will deliver free, fast and binding service for all financial complaints, whether they relate to banks, credit providers,…

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Helping Gold Coast’s students make informed choices

Local MP, Karen Andrews has encouraged students on the Gold Coast to research and apply for more than 7,000 higher education courses using a new website launched today. Mrs Andrews said the Course Seeker website would allow prospective undergraduate students to compare and apply for courses that are right for them. “This website provides students with transparent, independent and unbiased information,” Mrs…

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Making Space for Science

Local Gold Coast schools and community organisations that encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking can apply for a grant between $2,000 and $20,000 from the Coalition Government. Applications for the Coalition Government’s Maker Projects grants will open on Thursday 8 November. “The Coalition is providing $1 million in grants through the Maker Projects program, supporting the development of…

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Lower power prices coming for the Gold Coast

Families and small businesses on the Gold Coast will benefit from big savings under the Morrison Government’s new plan for affordable and reliable energy. The Morrison Government will: Stop the price gouging by the big energy companies by banning sneaky late payment penalties, requiring them to pass on savings in wholesale prices to customers, strengthening the regulator’s power to crack down…

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Chartering New Territories in Space

Entering new frontiers, the Coalition Government has approved the Australian Space Agency’s Charter to support development of national civil space priorities.  The Charter, released today, specifies that an independent, skills-based Advisory Board will provide advice to the Agency Head, Dr Megan Clark AC. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews says the Charter builds on the Coalition’s establishment of the Australian…

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