AAMRI President’s Breakfast 2015
AAMRI was honoured to have both the Leader of the Opposition, The Hon Bill Shorten, and Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, speak at our President’s Breakfast as part of our 2015 National Convention in Canberra on 11-12 November.
Mr Shorten spoke about his goal of seeing 3% of GDP dedicated to R&D by 2030, and his dream of seeing medical research and other scientific discoveries on the front pages of Australian newspapers every day to reflect the importance of these developments for our economy. He also congratulated AAMRI on our successful advocacy for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), saying the association had ensured medical research had a prominent place on the Australian political agenda.
Senator Di Natale said he would like to see five-year grants as standard for Australian researchers, and a system developed to make it easier for researchers with proven track records to be able to apply for grants. He also congratulated AAMRI for its advocacy for the MRFF, and said that Australia could and should have both an MRFF and a successful health system, and that he looked forward to working towards this goal.
Both Mr Shorten and Senator Di Natale’s full speeches can be watched below. We thank them both for their time in attending the 2015 AAMRI President’s Breakfast.