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ATN congratulates new Shadow Ministry

The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) congratulates Tanya Plibersek on her appointment as Shadow Minister for Education and welcomes Terri Butler as Assistant Minister for Universities.

“We look forward to working with the new Shadow Ministerial team to strengthen our world-class education system that ensures all students, regardless of background or social circumstance, have the opportunity to achieve their full potential,” says ATN Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh.

“Australia’s university sector will underpin our future prosperity. A thriving university sector is vital to the transition towards an innovative economy.

“We look forward to working with all Members of Parliament on the issue of higher education reform in this Parliament.

“Improving university-industry collaboration is of critical importance to building an innovative nation, and the ATN are seen as exemplars in improving the rate of collaboration in Australia.

“Our universities are all united by a common goal to maximise the economic and social benefits of research, supported by the fact that more than two-thirds of the ATN research income has come from industry-related sources or end users since 2010,” says Ms Hindmarsh.

“We acknowledge the work that Terri Butler has already done to promote collaboration and innovation through her efforts as Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Innovation and Enterprise Group.”

“The ATN also thanks Amanda Rishworth and Senator Kim Carr for their contribution in higher education during the last Parliament. We look forward to continue working with Minister Carr in his role as Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research,” Ms Hindmarsh says.