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

The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP

In an Australian-first patients will be given access to potentially life-saving clinical trials at their fingertips with the launch of an online one-stop shop today.

An updated and more targeted Cooperative Research Centres Programme will build stronger connections between research and industry, as the Australian Government implements the findings of the expert review into the delivery of the CRC Programme.

The Commonwealth-Victoria Offshore Petroleum Joint Authority has announced the release of three areas for offshore petroleum exploration in Commonwealth waters in the Gippsland and Otway basins in offshore Victoria.

Experienced oil and gas industry executive Ken Fitzpatrick has been appointed as the Chair of the Government’s new Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Growth Centre.

The Australian Government today announced the release of 29 areas for offshore petroleum exploration in eight basins in Commonwealth waters under the 2015 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release.

Queensland’s US$20.4 billion (A$25.5 billion) world-first LNG plant at Gladstone’s Curtis Island will help cement Australia’s position as a leader in the global LNG market, Industry and Science Minister Ian Macfarlane said today.

Last night Bill Shorten made it clear he has no real plan for the future of science and research in Australia.

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