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Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Page: 7921

Senator FARUQI (New South Wales) (15:47): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FARUQI: The Greens support this motion. There should be no political interference in research grants, full stop. The Liberals need to back off on the so-called national interest test, which is just a smoke-screen for inserting political priorities into the independent research approval process. What's truly in the national interest is for academics to continue the centuries-old tried and tested process of peer review. I do encourage Labor to go one step further and support my bill to remove all ministerial veto from research grants, to listen to universities and the academic community and to send a clear signal to academics and experts that they can be trusted to make research decisions, no matter who the government is.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that general business notice of motion No. 1173 be agreed to.