Many alarmed ARC experts

The Australian Research Council released its College of Experts for 2022 on Friday. Of the 213 new and continuing members  some 75 signed last week’s  open letter calling for legislation to “prevent political interference in research grants”

The letter warned Acting Education Minister Stuart Robert and outgoing ARC head Sue Thomas that without a commitment that ministers will not decide on funding for individual projects, “we cannot safeguard the independence and legitimacy of the Australian Research Council’s decisions,” (CMM January 20).

The ARC advises no members of the college for 2022 have resigned since Friday’s list was compiled.