Dean of Science appointed to Prime Minister’s Council
The council, Chaired by the Prime Minister and supported by the office of Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, will provide independent scientific policy advice to the government on existing and emerging issues that Australia must confront.
It will meet three times a year to provide more timely independent scientific policy advice to Government on existing and emerging issues. Long-term issues will then be referred to the Australian Council of Learned Academies to undertake in-depth, interdisciplinary research for report to the Government through the Chief Scientist.
Professor Saint said, "The PMSEIC has been substantially revamped under the Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb. The new committee is smaller and is likely to focus its attention on specific issues that will have the greatest impact on Australia's future”.
He said the council was the highest level Australian political committee that considers issues relating to Science, Engineering and Innovation.
“Given the importance of each of these to the future of Australia and the importance of engaging politicians with the science, technology and innovation aspects of a range of issues, my appointment to the committee is an honour that brings with it considerable responsibility," Professor Saint said.