Minister to review federal veto power over research grants

The controversial power of the federal education minister to veto Australian Research Council (ARC) grants will be scrutinised as part of an independent inquiry into the agency, as the Albanese government vows to reset the relationship with universities, writes Lisa Visentin for The Sydney Morning Herald.

The decision by the former Morrison government to veto AU$1.4 million (US$955,000) in funding for six humanities projects last year triggered widespread outrage from university leaders and academics, with some calling for the ministerial right-of-veto to be scrapped and for a root-and-branch review of the ARC system.

New Federal Education Minister Jason Clare has gone some way to acting on these concerns, using his first speech to the university sector to declare that the “delays and the political interference in the way competitive grants operate need to end”, as he announced a review into the role and governance of the main grants body. “It damages our international reputation. It also makes it harder for you to recruit and retain staff,” Clare told the annual Universities Australia conference on Wednesday 6 July.
Full report on the Sydney Morning Herald site