What the techies want

Their learned academy sets out six priorities for the next government

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering proposes six “priority themes” to “guide the next federal government.” This seems like a polite way of assuming Labor will win the imminent election, what with the government setting its priorities, at least for the first year of the next parliament, in Tuesday’s budget.

Whatever party sits on the ministerial bench, what the Academy wants is;

* value-added raw materials for energy storage technologies.

* transition to low-emission vehicles and supporting infrastructure

* healthcare encouraging preventative technologies

* consumer data protection legislation

* discipline-specific STEM teacher training, phasing out-of-field teaching in years 7 to 10.

* a national gender equity framework for SMEs “without regulatory burden”


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