The Government’s desperate decision to raid the base funding of Australia’s world-class research in what can only be described as an attempt to sandbag regional seats is as destructive as it is damaging.
“Under the guise of supporting regional and remote students – which is critical policy and strongly supported by the Go8 - the Government has carried out a blatant targeted funding raid on base research funding, the depth of which is unprecedented, self-defeating and damaging,” says Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson.
The Group of Eight (Go8) which represents Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, says it is relying on the common sense of the Opposition, the Senate cross bench and the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment to call out and halt the Government’s latest university sector cash-grab.
In its Senate submission on the Higher Education Support (cost recovery) Bill 2018 and the Higher Education Support (Charges) Bill 2018, the Go8 has set out its strong objections to the policy which dresses up a “blatant new tax on universities” as sensible cost recovery.
A significant step for Australia’s medical research future
The Group of Eight (Go8) – which represents Australia’s leading research-intensive universities – welcomes the release of Australia’s Medical Research and Innovation Priorities for 2018 - 2020.
The priorities are a reference point for a Minister for Health as they make funding decisions related to Australia’s landmark Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).
The Australian, 31 October 2018. When politicians insert themselves into the nation’s research peer review process, they not only break convention almost as sacred as the separation of powers, they trash Australia’s research capability and its university sector in the eyes of the world, with the stroke of an ideological pen.
The Group of Eight (Go8) – which represents Australia’s leading research-intensive universities – welcomes new Minister for Education Dan Tehan’s commitment to ensure and formalise transparency in reporting of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding outcomes.
Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive of the Go8, says that this is a “constructive” decision.
“Now Australia will know when a research project considered worthy of grant funding by the ARC’s internationally-recognised peer review process has been rejected by the Minister,” she said.
Australia's leading universities are calling for more transparency in how research grants are approved, after it was revealed the Education Minister knocked back 11 projects that had already been ticked off by an independent board.
Simon Birmingham says he's confident most Australians would believe the money is better directed to other projects but universities want more information about why the projects were knocked back.
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“The Group of Eight (Go8), which represents Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, condemns in the strongest possible terms this Government’s interference in academic freedom, and the globally accepted and revered research peer review process.”
Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson said the actions by former Education Minister Senator Simon Birmingham in secretly rejecting 11 research projects worth some $4.2 million in Australian Research Council grants was “reprehensible”.
The economic benefits of medical research, confirmed in a new report, illustrate the vital benefits for Australia and all Australians of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). The report’s findings also show why the landmark fund must have funding certainty well into the future.
Group of Eight (Go8) Chief Executive Vicki Thomson says the KPMG report, for the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI), “clearly outlines the return on the government’s investment in medical research – almost $4 for every $1 invested.”