Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on Science, Innovation and Industry Adam Bandt MP has released 6 principles for the campaign to Respect Research ahead of the upcoming forum in Melbourne.
These principles will underpin the future approach of the Respect Research campaign.
"Abbott Government spending on science, research and innovation this year is now only 0.56 per cent of GDP, an equal record low since Treasury started publishing data in the late 1970s," Mr Bandt said in a media release on September 29.
The figures from the media release have been investigated and confirmed by ABC Fact Check.
When it comes to spending on research and innovation, Australia already lags behind countries like the US, UK, Germany, Japan and Korea. But we’re set to fall even further behind. This year, we will invest only 0.56% of GDP into science and research -- that's less than we did in 1979.
If we keep cutting spending, the country's brain drain will continue and we’ll wake up when the mining boom is over to find that we’re a hollowed-out, uneducated quarry.
It’s time we invest in our future by respecting research.