There is cautious optimism about the prospects for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths following the appointment of the Hon Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister. It is hoped that the recent changes might help us move towards a more sensible policy discussion, and perhaps even bipartisan support for a long-term, properly-resourced policy vision for STEM.
The early signs are positive – Prime Minister Turnbull kicked off his reshuffle media conference asserting of the centrality of STEM in keeping our place as an advanced modern economy.
Read the speech in full here.
Christopher Pyne MP has won the job as Minister for the reconstituted Ministry of Industry and Science, with Innovation now added. Minister Macfarlane, former Minister for Industry and Science, will move to the backbench
Mrs Karen Andrews MP stays on as Assistant Minister for Science, and Wyatt Roy is added to the beefed up line-up as Assistant Minister for Innovation.