Researchers welcome curb to politicians’ grant veto powers
“The proposed changes would create stronger guardrails to prevent future political interference in the awarding of grants,” said Misha Schubert, chief executive of Science and Technology Australia — an organisation representing more than 115,000 science and technology professionals — in a press statement.
The changes were recommended on 20 April as part of an independent review into the legislation underpinning the Australian Research Council (ARC) that began last October. Education Minister Jason Clare appointed Margaret Sheil, vice-chancellor of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and former chief executive of the ARC, to lead the review, following an earlier parliamentary inquiry into political interference in research funding.
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