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Science Week Promotes Understanding of Our World

18 August 2016

Thursday 18 August 2016

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House notes:—

(a)           that National Science Week is being held from 13 to 21 August 2016, celebrating everything science and technology, and will feature over 100 public events and over 200 school events around the State;

(b)           that the events are designed to attract adults and children alike, and that throughout the week over 1 million people will engage or participate around Australia;

(c)           that National Science Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of Australian scientists, to encourage the general public to take an interest in scientific pursuits, and to encourage younger people to develop a clearer sense of the World we live in;

(d)           the airing on 15 August 2016 of ABC’s Q & A and the struggle for physicist Prof. Brian Cox to explain climate change to One Nation Senator-elect, Malcolm Roberts, as a recent example of why an awareness and understanding of science is so important today;

(e)           that sadly Australia is still lagging well behind many other countries in terms of the number of students studying science, technology, engineering and maths; and

(f)            that currently only 16 per cent of Tasmanian tertiary students are engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses, and as it is estimated around 75 per cent of jobs in the future will require some level of STEM training, we need to see further engagement and funding committed to this area of the education system.