Recently I blogged on the hostility of the Australian mainstream to expertise and research, and lamented the loss of pure (i.e. not firmly directed at an expected commercial outcome) research. Professor Ian Chubb AC, Australia’s Chief Scientist (what a cool title is that?!?) has just released a position paper arguing that Australia is falling behind the rest of the world and we need a coordinated strategy to secure our future in the knowledge era.
If we don’t believe in the value of knowledge, we run the risk of really becoming the “white trash of Asia”.
Read the position paper at the link at the top.