[ASC-media] ATSE welcomes PMSEIC reforms

Bill Mackey Bill.Mackey at atse.org.au
Fri Jan 20 07:35:32 CET 2012

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

ATSE is an independent body of 800 eminent Australian engineers and

driving technological solutions for a better Australia


20 January 2012


New Government focus on science welcome


The Australian Government's focus on scientific and technological
solutions to major issues facing the nation should be enhanced with the
reformation and repositioning of the Prime Minister's Science,
Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC), according to ATSE.


The application of science and innovation were critical to Australia's
future, ATSE said, and having the support and involvement of two
ministers and the Prime Minister would help get this all-important
message across and help to focus new initiatives for the nation. The new
approach to PMSEIC should help enable an environment in which science
and technology could help energise better initiatives on national


The Academy said the Government's description of the revised PMSEIC as
having a "more dynamic and contemporary focus" was encouraging and the
more regular meetings planned could lead to greater input from policy
leaders like ATSE. 


It welcomed the role of the Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb,
leading the revitalised PMSEIC, and the value of the input from the ARC
and NHMRC CEOs and the individual members, who it expected would
contribute strongly to PMSEIC's work.


ATSE also welcomed the provision of nearly $2 million to the Learned
Academies to respond to issues raised by the Chief Scientist.


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