Australia's Chief Scientist

Opinion pieces

Opinion: Overcoming our mistrust of robots in our homes and workplaces

“Here’s a question: do you consider yourself to be a trusting person? Or let me put it another way: would you put your life in the hands of a total stranger?”…

8 June 2018

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Opinion: We have to learn to trust AI. Here’s how

“What will it take for you to trust artificial intelligence? To allow it to drive your car? To monitor your child?”

Dr Finkel has written an opinion piece for the World Economic Forum on the need for a method consumers …

15 May 2018

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OPINION: Budget article in The Conversation

Dr Finkel had an article published in The Conversation about science in Australia, following the release of the Federal Budget. The article was titled: “Budget 2018: when scientists make their case effectively, politicians listen”.

9 May 2018

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Opinion: How we can spread the STEM message in schools

Dr Finkel wrote an article in the Australian Financial Review on 23 April 2018 on spreading the STEM message in schools, and the work of the STEM Partnerships Forum. The full article is below. …

23 April 2018

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Opinion: Science isn’t broken, but we can do better

“The only place to find the Golden Age of Science is in the future – by making it ourselves.”

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, has written an article on the state of science, and key questions to consider as …

18 April 2018

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Opinion: Restore maths, boost VET and collaborate with business

“The success of our universities is not a matter of chance. If it’s a game, it’s a game of strategy: one that Australian Vice-Chancellors have played extraordinarily well.”…

5 March 2018

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Opinion: Time to see the light on electric cars

“Australians are global travellers and early adopters, with one of the most open and competitive car markets in the world. Experience electric vehicles, see them deployed at scale in foreign cities, and we won’t look back.”…

12 February 2018

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Opinion: How a German migrant planted citizen science in Australia – and why it worked

“Citizen Science has to make the world a better place. In the end, that’s what makes it worth doing.”…

8 February 2018

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Children of a revolution: the medicine behind living longer

We can imagine an Australia where a child born today can look forward to a century of healthy living, write Alan Finkel and Bob Williamson. …

31 January 2018

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OPINION: Pick up a book and share it with a child

“Pick up a book and pledge to share it with a special child in your life: a son or daughter, a grandchild, a niece or nephew, the child of a neighbour or family friend. I promise, you’ll be glad that …

14 December 2017

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