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From Prickly Pears to Quantum Computing: Enjoying the Fruits of Australian Science

By The Hon Karen Andrews MP

The government’s blueprint for scientific research will create a more innovative and entrepreneurial Australia.

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This year marks 100 years since the Federal government established the Advisory Council of Science and Industry. Its first research investment was just £250 to explore ways to control the spread of the prickly pear pest invading agricultural land in eastern Australia.

In the ensuing century, the Advisory Council has evolved into what we now know as the CSIRO and a world-class science community has come to flourish in Australia. Today, our universities and public science agencies conduct cutting-edge research that benefits millions of people around the world.

Australia is also consistently ranked in the top ten producers of scientific publications in the world by volume, and our citation impact is above average in almost every discipline. What’s more, an estimated $330 billion of our annual economic output is underpinned by the scientific advances of the past 20–30 years.

With science and technology evolving faster than ever before and the fourth industrial revolution offering unprecedented economic opportunities, cultivating our already strong science community will be vital to assuring Australia’s future prosperity. That’s why the government launched the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), a blueprint for harnessing science, research and ideas to create a more innovative and entrepreneurial Australia. We are investing $1.1 billion over 4...

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