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Labor welcomes appointment of new Chief Scientist



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THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

NICK CHAMPION MP

ACTING SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY ACTING SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING THE LEADER FOR SCIENCE

MEMBER FOR WAKEFIELD

**EMBARGOED, 12.01PM, TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER 2015**

LABOR WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHIEF SCIENTIST

Labor welcomes today’s announcement that Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE will be appointed the next Chief Scientist of Australia, starting in January next year.

Dr Finkel has been a tireless advocate for Australian science, research and innovation for over 30 years and most recently in his role as Chancellor of Monash University and President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Dr Finkel established the Australian Science magazine Cosmos which has a proud record of publicising and celebrating Australian innovation and scientific discovery.

Labor recognises that science, research and innovation must be at the heart of a national strategy to create the jobs of the future.

This is why we have announced a suite of policies aimed at strengthening science, technology, engineering and maths in schools and university, as well as supporting additional investment for startups and business innovation.

Labor thanks Professor Ian Chubb AC for his five years of dedicated work as Australia’s Chief Scientist.

As Chief Scientist, and before that as a Vice-Chancellor of two universities, Professor Chubb has earned respect from successive governments and from Parliamentarians across the political spectrum.

At a time when scientists too often come under attack from those with dubious political agendas, Professor Chubb has not ceased to remind Australians that without adherence to the goals and methods of scientific inquiry the advancement of society would be inconceivable.

TUESDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2015