A matter for the (acting) minister

Stuart Robert is now minding education and research

Alan Tudge stood down yesterday while the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet investigates allegations against him from a former staff member Rachelle Miller.  Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business Stuart Robert will now act in Education and Youth.

An issue that might be in Mr Robert’s brief is Australian Research Council funding recommendations for Discovery and Linkage grants plus Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities funding.

A Senate required report from the ARC reveals Mr Tudge did not approve (if he got them) ARC funding recommendations in November. Maybe the paperwork from the council was not ready, maybe he had other things on his mind.

What is on the minds of applicants is when they will know who gets what.