Securing Australia's Future: Harnessing Interdisciplinary Research for Innovation and Prosperity

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Csiro Publishing, May 29, 2017 - Science - 208 pages
The future will bring change for Australia. But whether that change is for the better or worse largely depends on the decisions we make today as individuals and as a nation. Recognising rapid changes in the global economy, environment and policy, the Australian Government engaged the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) to undertake detailed interdisciplinary research to help guide Australian thinking and policy decisions. Dozens of Australia’s finest minds assessed the opportunities available to the nation globally and domestically, charting a course for the future. The resulting findings can prepare Australia to address the challenges ahead and make the most of the opportunities. Securing Australia’s Future synthesises the major themes that emerge from ACOLA’s reports. Each chapter includes key findings designed to optimise Australia’s prosperity and place in the region. The future is a long game but its base must be built now. This book provides a vision for the nation, for its politicians, public servants and industry leaders – a sound footing for securing Australia’s future. It is a vital resource for Members of Federal and State parliaments, senior public servants, industry leaders, universities and the interested public.
 

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Prologue
Introduction
Australias strengths and a plan for a secure future
time to be smarter
Boosting productivity with innovation and new technologies
Recharging education to power the nation
securing a sustainable future
challenges and opportunities for Australia
Securing Australias Future compendium
Country Comparisons International Comparisons of Science
The Role of Science Research and Technology in Lifting Australian
Unconventional Gas Production
Delivering Sustainable Urban Mobility
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