Good for research: accessible ideas – and a lottery

Stirling Griff is keen on research and has improving ideas

In the Senate yesterday Senator Griff (Centre Alliance SA) welcomed the government’s new industry-linked funding. But applying for grants take so much time, “the government could significantly increase our research capacity by reforming the application process and progressor or by even introducing a lottery.”

And “too little” spent on basic research means, “there is nothing for industry research to draw on; and without making research outputs freely available, allowing new ideas to spread, the benefits are captured by one or two big corporates and don’t flow through to workers and the broader economy.”