Development of new technologiesTuesday, February 23. 2010
As a part of the $38.2 million National Enabling Technologies Strategy the Rudd Government has introduced a national guide to the safe development of new technologies; such as biotechnology and nanotechnology. The strategy is part of the Rudd Government’s $1.1 billion Super Science Initiative.
Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr said that new technologies have great potential but they can only be successful with the communities support. “Health, safety and environmental protection are paramount for the Government. This strategy is about ensuring we meet the highest standards while at the same time maximising opportunities to develop these cutting-edge technologies,” explained Senator Kim Carr.
It is vital for the community to support the development of new technology as biotechnology and nanotechnology will create new jobs and export opportunities for Australia.
It is extremely important for Australia as these technologies will ensure a sustainable future for Australia and the world. Senator Kim Carr explained that “These technologies promise to give us breakthrough medicines, faster computers, new biofuels, stronger and lighter materials, better solar cells, more abundant and nutritious food, purer water, and much more besides.”
The strategy provides a comprehensive national framework with three funding components:
- $10.6 million to support policy and regulatory development, industry uptake, international engagement and strategic research;
- $9.4 million for public awareness and community engagement to increase understanding of enabling technologies; and
- $18.2 million for the National Measurement Institute to improve measurement infrastructure, standards and expertise and ensure that Australia leads the way internationally.