The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP was sworn in as Minister for Industry and Science on 23 December 2014.

The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP

From the hands-on science of making food in Western Australia to a photographic exhibition of the Auroa Australis night sky colours in Tasmania, over one million Australians will celebrate the contribution science makes to Australia as part of National Science Week 2015.

The Australian Government has made a submission supporting the Royal Commission’s investigation into South Australia’s further participation in the nuclear fuel cycle.

Expanding Australia’s valuable “blue economy” while also protecting our oceans is at the core of a National Marine Science Plan launched today.

The Australian Government has set a target for national energy productivity to improve by 40 per cent by 2030 to help reduce Australians’ energy bills and tackle climate change.

The Australian Government and NSW Government will invest a total of $3 million in a strategic research alliance with CSIRO and industry to expand research on the social and environmental impacts of the onshore gas industry.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan today announced $3.7 million in funding for projects to help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters and emergencies.

The hunt is on for ideas that make a difference, with The Australian Innovation Challenge awards open for entries from professionals, young people and backyard inventors.

The Commonwealth Government is investing in jobs, innovation and growth across the Geelong region to support its transition from traditional manufacturing to a centre of innovation.

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