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The state of Australia: science innovation and research

By Matthew Bailes

In the lead up to the federal budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home. How is Australia's science and innovation faring?

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Australian higher education institutions are nervously anticipating this week’s federal budget that in the words of the Prime Minister threatens to “shift” university funding and give them “more freedom to innovate”.

But what will this mean?

How we’re doing now

Currently Australia is an excellent place to conduct fundamental research.

The Office of the Chief Scientist says Australian research in several key areas of science performs above a European average, based on a study of citation rates for journal articles.


The black circle shows Australia’s position and how it compares against the European averages in a selection of science disciplines.
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