Australia's Chief Scientist

Opinion pieces

Clarifying the Chief Scientist’s position on reducing carbon emissions

In response to an article published across multiple news sources 2–4 December 2018, Dr Finkel wrote a letter to the editors to clarify his position on reducing Australia’s carbon emissions. His response, which was published by several of the newspapers, …

7 December 2018

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Dr Finkel has responded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impacts of global warming.

Read the article on The Conversation.…

12 October 2018

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OPINION: Master the foundations, and rule a universe

“We don’t awake spontaneously to a knowledge of our talents and passions. We develop them by mastering the foundations — and that means sticking with it.”…

18 July 2018

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OPINION: If we want a future with driverless cars in it, we need to learn to trust the technology

“We as a community need to be confident we’ll be protected from unintended harm. Technology developers need to be confident they understand what communities expect, so they can work to make the better, safer, cheaper products we want.”

Dr Finkel …

7 July 2018

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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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