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Tehan rejects calls to end research grant secrecy



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SENATOR KIM CARR

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INNOVATION, INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND

RESEARCH

SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

TEHAN REJECTS CALLS TO END RESEARCH GRANT SECRECY

Minister for Education, Dan Tehan MP, has today rejected calls from Australia’s

universities, learned academies, medical research institutes and leading scholars

to restore transparency to arbitrary ministerial decisions about the awarding of

research grants.

Despite calls by Labor and all the leading stakeholders in the science and research

community, the Minister seemingly believes that he knows better than the

thousands of scholars who assist in formulating peer reviewed, and independent

recommendations on what research projects should be funded.

Yesterday, I wrote to Minister Tehan asking him to end the secrecy - particularly

since he is currently in the process of making decisions about the 2019 funding

round for Discovery Projects and Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Grants.

Labor’s call has been backed by all the major stakeholders in the sector, from peak

university groups, the nation’s leading universities, the learned academies and

peak science bodies like Science and Technology Australia.

If the Liberals won’t be upfront with the Australian people and reveal when their

Minister’s reject expert advice on the awarding of research grants, then Labor will

have no choice but to do so ourselves and expose the government’s unfair and

unjustified actions.

Organisations that have called for openness and transparency in the award of

research grants:

 Universities Australia

 Group of Eight

 Innovative Research Universities

 University of Melbourne

 Monash University

 The University of Sydney

 Australian National University

 University of New South Wales

 LaTrobe University

 Australian Academy of the Humanities

 Australian Academy of Social Sciences

 Australian Academy of Science

 Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

 Australian Association of Medical Research Institutes

 Science and Technology Australia

 Deans of Humanities and Social Sciences

 Australian Universities Heads of English

 Australian Association for Research in Education

 Australian Teacher Education Association

TUESDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2018

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