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Science and Technology Australia announces its second set of STEM advisors for MPs

The scheme provides a federal politician with their very own science consultant. It was set up in 2018 and first ran last year, with STEM people paired with members of the Reps, (no senators).

Some 20 pols signed up for the pilot last year – all of whom were Labor, apart from Karen Andrews (now science minister), another Lib, a Nat and SA independent Rebekha Sharkie, (CMM May 3 2018).

This year Labor leads again, with 11 MPs – including deputy leader Tanya Plibersek. There are seven Libs, plus Ms Sharkie and independent Zali Steggall.