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There are plenty of “friends of” groups around the hallowed halls of Parliament House. Many of the diplomatic variety that avails parliamentarians of fact finding opportunities to enjoy hospitality at home and hopefully abroad, and many that promote co-operation and learning.
The Parliamentary Friends of Science is the one that has the weight of all manner of scientific information to research, disseminate and help keep them up to date with Science and Technology Australia holding regular forums to discuss current issues, new technologies and where we as a country should be planning for the future.
So quietly tucked away in a side room of the parliament, adjacent to the Member’s Dining Room – where new Senator Jacqui Lambie was celebrating after her maiden speech - the thinking members’ group listened and learned from the best and the brightest from academia.
Welcomed by co-convenors Karen Andrews and Richard Marles the panel discussion was led by ABC 666’s Genevieve Jacobs, and was under the auspices of Science and Technology Australia, with president Ross Smith in attendance. With parliamentarians and staffers making up the audience. The hardest working were Alan and Gill Baker from the office of Cathy McGowan the energetic independent member for Indi who has willing locals from her electorate volunteering to attend the endless range of events and occasions she just can’t get to. Now that’s a good idea.