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Presidents Blog: Budget raises questions about priorities

Friday, 06 Jun 2014

ACS President Brenda Aynsley OAM wrote the following column in The Australian on June 3. ACS Members can also read the full article on the President’s blog clicking here.

A FEDERAL budget is always an opportunity for the government to signal its key priorities for the year and to communicate its philosophy about how best to stimulate economic growth.

While the government's fiscal policy is clear, particularly around addressing the growing debt issue, I question whether some of the policies articulated in the budget will be sufficient to ensure our future prosperity.

Why, for example, when all the evidence points to the need for Australia to boost its capacity for innovation and drive digital enablement, was so little emphasis placed on science and technology? Where is science in Australia, and what role does it play in our future?