Australian Greens Education Spokesperson and Senator for NSW, Dr Mehreen Faruqi, has called the Liberal/National Government’s new research national interest test farcical.
Senator Faruqi said:
“The National Interest Test proposed by Minister Tehan is straight out of ‘Yes Minister’. This farcical proposal is the typical Liberal tactic of inventing a problem then trying to solve it.
“The Australian Research Council already requires researchers to demonstrate the benefits and impacts of their research. If the Minister had spent even five minutes talking to the research community he would know that.
“Narrow political agendas of the Government of the day determining long term research priorities is a dangerous road to go down.
“The Minister makes a baseless claim that a ‘national research test’ will give confidence in research but the reality is that the research community has no confidence in a Minister that plays such silly games.
“The Liberals need to get out of the way and let researchers get on with the job of solving problems. I have a bill in the parliament to remove the Ministers veto altogether, which would be the best outcome to safeguard the independence of research," she concluded.