• William Barlow and Robert Nardella

    William Barlow and Robert Nardella

  • Craig Kelly and Adi Paterson

    Craig Kelly and Adi Paterson

  • David Gillespie and Barry Brook

    David Gillespie and Barry Brook

  • Simon France, Geoff Crane and David Semmens

    Simon France, Geoff Crane and David Semmens

  • Graham Durant Rachel Stephen -Smith and Gia Metherall

    Graham Durant Rachel Stephen -Smith and Gia Metherall

  • Warwick Anderson CEO NHMRC

    Warwick Anderson CEO NHMRC

  • President of Science and Technology Australia Ross Smith

    President of Science and Technology Australia Ross Smith

  • Barry Brook

    Barry Brook

  • panelists, Adi Paterson, Ken Baldwin and Barry Brook

    panelists, Adi Paterson, Ken Baldwin and Barry Brook

  • Genevieve Jacobs and Adi Paterson

    Genevieve Jacobs and Adi Paterson

  • Co-Convenor  Parliamentary Friends of Science group Richard Marles

    Co-Convenor Parliamentary Friends of Science group Richard Marles

  • Co-Convenor Parliamentary Friends of Science group,Karen Andrews

    Co-Convenor Parliamentary Friends of Science group,Karen Andrews

  • Genevieve Jacobs and the panel team ADI Paterson CEO Ansto, Ken Bladwin, ANU and Barry Brook Iniversity of SA

    Genevieve Jacobs and the panel team ADI Paterson CEO Ansto, Ken Bladwin, ANU and Barry Brook Iniversity of SA

  • Amelia Gates and Alannah MacTiernan

    Amelia Gates and Alannah MacTiernan

  • Ken Baldwin, Karen Andrews and Richard Marles

    Ken Baldwin, Karen Andrews and Richard Marles

  • Senator Kim Carr and Ellie Hughes

    Senator Kim Carr and Ellie Hughes

  • Alan and Gill Baker

    Alan and Gill Baker

  • Nadia Levine and Subho Banerjee

    Nadia Levine and Subho Banerjee

  • Greg Gilbert and Ross Smith

    Greg Gilbert and Ross Smith

  • Karen Andrews and Catriona Jackson

    Karen Andrews and Catriona Jackson

  • Nadia Levine and Rob Porteous

    Nadia Levine and Rob Porteous

  • Simon France and Graham Durant

    Simon France and Graham Durant

  • Mike Siers, Ross Smith and Michael Asten

    Mike Siers, Ross Smith and Michael Asten

  • Geoff Crane and David Semmens

    Geoff Crane and David Semmens

  • Barry Brook and Brad Pillans

    Barry Brook and Brad Pillans

Science and Technology @ Parliament House

4 September 2014

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.