Degrees of doubt: STEM fees must be off-limits, says Chris Walton

  For the sake of Australia’s economy, Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton is calling for science and engineering degrees to be off-limits in the face of university deregulation. The Government’s proposal to deregulate the university sector has resulted in howls of protest from students, silent terror from parents and growing concerns from professionals worried that…

Professionals Australia Informer – Manufacturing

In our second issue we look at current trends and the outlook for Australia’s manufacturing sector. Summary In the era of mining, Australia’s manufacturing sector is generally under-appreciated. For a sector that attracts so much gloomy opinion, its contribution to the nation is surprisingly strong. Consider: manufacturing today comprises approximately 8 per cent of GDP,…

APESMA welcomes $100 million investment in synchrotron

APESMA has welcomed new investment in the Australian Synchrotron as a smart step toward building Australia’s scientific capacity and knowledge economy. As the association that represents scientists and engineers at the synchrotron, APESMA has been calling for government investment to save the facility for the past year. APESMA CEO Chris Walton said, a thriving synchrotron…

Climate Bills Released

The Commonwealth Government has released its draft legislation for its climate change package for public consultation. APESMA urges its members to consider the four main draft bills carefully and provide any feedback before 22 August.There will be one further bill detailing the Government’s previously announced household assistance measures which is currently being drafted. Obviously this…