The National Enabling Technologies Strategy initiative aims to engage the Australian public in dialogue about new technologies, such as biotechnology and nanotechnology, and promote awareness and understanding of these technologies.

Media Release from Senator the Hon Kim Carr

05 Nov 2010

NEW TECHNOLOGIES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

New technologies such as biotechnology and nanotechnology will help Australia fight climate change, stop hunger and disease, and create thousands of jobs.

To fully understand the benefits and risks, twenty-one Australian experts will put new technologies under the microscope and present their findings to the Gillard Labor Government. Their advice will inform the implementation of the $38.2 million National Enabling Technologies Strategy.

Announcing the eight-member Expert Forum and thirteen-member Stakeholder Advisory Council today, Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr said it is important that the Australian community understands new technologies and are confident in their use.

“New technologies will bring us new industries, export opportunities and jobs. They also have the potential to provide breakthrough medicines, faster computers and purer water,” Senator Carr said.

“We must not forget that with all new technologies, there may be unknown risks. These experts will help us understand any risks and ensure they are managed appropriately.

“The Stakeholder Advisory Council brings together key Australian business, union, non-government, industry, science and research representatives who will use their expertise to advise the Government on the full range of enabling technologies.

“The Expert Forum includes technology specialists, researchers and industry representatives who will identify new and converging technologies and highlight any potential implications for Australia.

“I am confident that with the support of the experts, the Government can effectively implement the National Enabling Technologies Strategy and ensure the benefits of new technologies can flow to the community.“

Brief biographical details of members of the Expert Forum and the Stakeholder Advisory Council are attached. 

The National Enabling Technologies Strategy seeks to provide a framework for the responsible development of enabling technologies.

For more information on the National Enabling Technologies Strategy visit www.innovation.gov.au.

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