Thinking Australians are very concerned about short term thinking and the future we are creating for our grandkids. The ABC’s Science Show presenter, Robin Williams, commented passionately this morning when discussing a contest to identify our top five young scientists under 40.
Recently returned from a trip to the US, Robin Williams says:
THE QUESTION: How can we be so dumb?
“Australia has great scientists but if we don’t use them we’ll lose them..
We need to realise that every dollar invested in research has at least doubled through our thriving biotechnology sector and its capacity to turn lab-bench discoveries into improved health.
Australia’s medicine industry is our most valuable high-tech export industry, worth $4 billion per annum…Medical science pays off.
Currently we are a disgrace…
The Australian Government’s investment in research has dropped to its lowest level since 1984. We’re now ranked 18th out of 20 advanced economies – just ahead of Greece and the Slovak Republic – for Government research spending as share of GDP.”
Understandably Kuranda Seyit deplored politicians being ‘out of touch’ with the community and their lack of communication.
Importantly he identified the need for leadership.
As most of believe, our leaders need to outline possible solutions, a fair and just way forward, in contrast to the constant imprecise political rhetoric to which we, the voting public, have become all too accustomed…to the point of ‘switching off’.
Over to our would-be leaders!