12 December 2011

CRCA: Major changes to innovation arrangements

The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announced major changes to the Ministerial and Departmental arrangements to the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research portfolio earlier today.

The Hon Greg Combet will become the Minister for Innovation and Industry whilst also retaining his responsibilities for Climate Change. Senator the Hon Chris Evans will take over as Minister for Science and Research, presumably assuming responsibilities for CRCs. The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research will have Higher Education and Skills incorporated into it, so it will take a few days to determine exact arrangements. In her press conference, the Prime Minister indicated that she assumed Dr Don Russell, the present Secretary of DIISR, will be the head of the new, expanded Department.

Senator the Hon Kim Carr will become Minister for Manufacturing and Defence Materiel. The CRC Association has had an excellent relationship with Minister Carr in his previous role and we expect to continue to work with him in his new role. Minister Carr is well known for his passion for innovation and has overseen a significant expansion of the portfolio. CRC Association thanks him for his work and achievements in the area.

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