Australia’s future depends on a strong science focus today

Ian Chubb

“We are often told in public commentary that the Australian economy is in transition — that we need to use our talents and skills to cope with changes in demand for commodities, and develop high value-add goods and services for local and international markets.

The question is: what would it take to make that transition?

We can identify areas where we need to make sure we have action. It is suggested, for example, that Australia could be a food bowl, that we could have a burgeoning biotechnology sector, that we need to understand any impact of planetary warming on us and how different regions will be affected. …”