Professionals Australia congratulates the Hon Karen Andrews MP on her
reappointment as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.
Minister Andrews is a former mechanical engineer who brings her STEM
experience to these critical portfolio areas and understands the crucial
role that science, technology, engineering and maths play in building a
strong workforce capable of meeting future challenges and underpinning
economic growth. She is committed to ensuring the National Science and
Technology Council and Innovation Science Australia provide informed
advice on Government science policy and priorities.
We also congratulate the Hon Dan Tehan MP; the Hon Greg Hunt MP and
Senator the Hon Michaela Cash on their reappointment as Ministers for
Education, Health and Skills and Vocational Education respectively.
On the Ministerial announcements, Professional Scientists Australia
President Robyn Porter said: “We are keen to reaffirm our commitment to
working productively with the Morrison Government to ensure members’
voices are heard in current areas of debate. These include recognition
of the massive contribution scientists make in both the public and
private sectors, the need to properly fund research infrastructure, the
need to ensure diversity in the science workforce, the need to ensure
upskilling and lifelong learning for scientists throughout their careers
and ensure proper consideration of issues around artificial
intelligence and automation. Professional Scientists Australia is part
of an active alliance of lobby groups in Canberra and we will continue
our work in trying to improve the operating environment for our
scientist members – which is, of course, our core purpose.”
Pictured: Professional Scientists Australia President Robyn Porter meets with Minister for Industry, Science and Technology at a recent STA forum.