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Tehan must give certainty to researchers before Christmas



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SENATOR KIM CARR

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INNOVATION, INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND

RESEARCH

SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

TEHAN MUST GIVE CERTAINTY TO RESEARCHERS BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Minister for Education, Dan Tehan MP, must give certainty to the Australian

research community and set a date to announce the Australian Research Council’s

2019 round of Discovery Projects and Discovery Early Career Awards.

This is now the latest that the Australian research community has been forced to

wait for the announcement of the grants, which are normally made in late October

or first days of November.

Our best and brightest researchers are now - because of this Minister’s actions -

heading into Christmas not sure if they are going to have a job in the new year.

This government has done nothing but try and cover up their blatant acts of

vandalism that are damaging Australia’s world class university research

system.

This compounds the government’s war on researchers and universities, following

yesterday’s announcement of a $134.8 million cut from the research grants

program.

Having already cut investment to science, research and innovation by $358 million

since 2013 - in real terms - the Liberals are now moving on to undermine the

integrity of peer review with political influence and intervention.

Today in the Senate, Labor successfully moved a motion condemning this political

interference in the normal independent, rigorous and peer reviewed process and

called on the government to provide a full and public explanation of why the then

Minister for Education arbitrarily rejected eleven grants recommended by the ARC.

Only Labor will restore independence and integrity to the Australian Research

Council and Australia’s research system.

TUESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2018

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