I pledge to respect research and call on the government to:

  1. Respect research as fundamental to our country's health and prosperity.

  2. Maintain public funding for all areas of research in the federal budget. As well, we should lift Australia's total spending on research and development to 4% of GDP, a target also set by the United States.

  3. Stop the 'brain drain' and back our researchers, scientists and educators by providing secure career pathways, more certain funding arrangements and the national infrastructure that equips people to make discoveries.

  4. Respect academic independence. The government should respect the process of peer-review and expert recommendations.

  5. Secure our future by ensuring children get a better understanding of science and research at school.
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Why is this important?

In Abbott’s 2014 cruel budget cuts, $400 million was cut from research institutions. Australia’s research and development investment remains at the lowest recorded percentage of GDP in Australian history.

Now the Turnbull government is threatening to cut over $2 billion in funding to universities including funding for research programs. 

Australia depends on research, but governments repeatedly threaten research funds when setting federal budgets. This is short sighted. Research funding can’t be turned on and off like a tap and it needs secure, long-term public support.

The industries and jobs of the 21st century will rely on our minds, not our mines. ‘Innovation’ can’t just be a buzzword thrown around when Malcolm Turnbull wants to sell corporate tax cuts.

Join our campaign to respect research and support fostering a culture where experimentation, invention and innovation can truly flourish in Australia.

Adam Bandt, Australian Greens spokesperson for Science, Research and Innovation

 

Find out more about Adam's work at adambandt.com