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Australian Federal Budget 2015 – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on May 13th, 2015.

Australia’s Federal Government has delivered the latest federal budget, which includes funding top-ups and cuts to various scientific programmes. A summary of the impact on science, compiled by the Australian Academy of Science, can be viewed below – along with expert reaction collected by our colleagues at the Australian Science Media Centre on how the budget […]

Budget 2014: Science funding boosted – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on May 15th, 2014.

The national Budget announced today contained a raft of announcements on research, science and innovation funding. Notable changes include: $56.8m more for contestable science funding (over three years, beginning in 2015/16) Plans to reform the contestable funding system, including a new National Statement of Science Investment, aiming to make the system “more flexible, less complex and more closely focused on […]

Report shakes up NZ innovation

John Kerr posted in on November 4th, 2011.

The much anticipated ‘Powering Innovation’ report, released this week, sets out a number of recommendations to improve New Zealand’s high-value manufacturing sector. The report – and the governments support of it – has been the cause of much excitement in the business community. Among the reports recommendations, the most notable was the call to restructure […]

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Budget 2011: The science sector responds

Peter Griffin posted in on May 19th, 2011.

UPDATED: Bill English unveiled the Budget for 2011-12 this afternoon with no new funding for science, but a reprioritisation of funding in some areas. Overall, core science and innovation remains relatively flat at $773.7 million (down $13.9 million year on year) for the next financial year. A spokesperson for science and innovation minister Dr Wayne […]

Research and the 2011 Budget

John Kerr posted in on May 18th, 2011.

On Thursday the government will announce their 2011 budget for New Zealand. The New Zealand Herald‘s Hamish Fletcher caught up with some of the R&D sector’s major players to get an idea of what the budget might hold for Kiwi high-tech research. An excerpt (read in full here): Budget 2011: Little hope of R&D increase […]

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Experts Respond: The 2011 Australian federal budget

John Kerr posted in on May 11th, 2011.

The Australian government has announced the 2011 federal budget, revealing that several proposed cuts to science and research funding have not be undertaken. Our colleagues at the AusSMC have contacted experts for comment on the financial situation presented by the budget, available below. Further comments on the 2011 Budget can be found at The Conversation. […]

ODT: More science crumbs

Peter Griffin posted in on May 18th, 2010.

An editorial in the Otago Daily Times discusses why, in terms of last week’s budget announcement for research, science and technology funding, a few crumbs is better than none, and that the renewed focus on science and research is reassuring. However, it says the commitment is a limited one for a limited period, and government […]

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Dom Post: Igniting potential, but where are the matches?

Peter Griffin posted in on May 17th, 2010.

In an opinion piece in the Dominion Post, Colin James wonders whether Prime Minister’s funding for Research, Science and Technology (RS&T) is quite as incendiary as claimed. Having had a look at the amount of money Government will be spending on new initiatives, James suggests that the proportion being spent on RS&T isn’t big enough, […]

Oamaru Mail/NZPA: Local scientist in ‘two minds’ about National’s investment

Peter Griffin posted in on May 17th, 2010.

Rosa Studholme writes in the Oamaru Mail about a local scientist who feels Prime Minister John Key’s research, science and technology budget should have had a larger proportion of funding going directly to scientists, not business. He says that many of the country’s scientists are operating on a shoe string, and could boost the technology […]

Media Coverage: Key to boost RS&T funding

Peter Griffin posted in on May 11th, 2010.

Earlier today, Prime Minister John Key announced that the government will be spending some $321 million on Research, Science and Technology, of which $225 million will be new funding. The funding will be spent on a range of initiatives, from actively encouraging commercialisation and technology transfer, to funding additional postdocs and attracting talented overseas scientists […]

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