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Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Western Australia Minister for Science Colin Barnett

Roundtable To Set Agenda For Science

Victor P Taffa

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Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett today conducted a roundtable forum with the State’s leading scientists and academics to work together on setting a strategic vision for science in Western Australia.

The meeting included WA’s science leaders from a wide range of disciplines including 14 professors all leaders in their fields in areas of significant importance to the State.

Premier Barnett said the roundtable forum aimed to harness WA’s brightest minds to determine a vision for science that would help underpin the State’s development.

“It’s important our scientific effort is collaborative and concentrated in areas that build on our natural and competitive advantages and deliver the maximum benefit for West Australians.” Premier Barnett said.

“I took on the Science portfolio because I believe science is the link to broaden WA’s economy and to use our existing strengths in Asia for example in mining and petroleum to expand science and research links. I am here to seek advice on the best way to do that.”

“Scientific advances are essential for the future economic and social development of WA in areas including agriculture, medical research, radio astronomy and in making the most of our mineral resources.” Premier Barnett said.

“Roundtable forums such as this are an excellent opportunity to hear from the people leading our scientific research and foster collaboration between the various areas of science to ensure we all work together to set our priorities and direct the scientific effort.”

“WA is ideally placed to achieve a level of excellence in our key areas of science and establish itself as a world leader in both a provider of research and science education.”

“The State is already an internationally recognised centre for radio astronomy, is a leader in minerals research, has a growing capacity in marine science and has world-class medical research facilities.” Premier Barnett said.

The Premier said he would speak up nationally and internationally to support WA’s scientific effort, help build research partnerships across State boundaries and secure WA’s share of Commonwealth scientific investment.

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