Scientific funding should be greatly increased within Australia.

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Hello, I believe that scientific funding is a matter being neglected by the Australian government and it is the topic that I am doing for my year 12 english oral presentation. Our funding for some of our brightest minds has reached exceptionally low levels recently and for the proposed 2017-18 budget there has been no major changes made despite promises for an "innovation nation". I am sure we can all agree that science has many benefits not just for our lives but for all of humanity, but it is also the economic returns that impress me such as the fact that for every dollar invested in Australian research and development, an average of $2.17 in health benefits is returned( source: Australian medical research and innovation strategy 2016-2021). I believe that this area of the budget is being neglected due to that the benefits occur in the long run as many discoveries take years or decades to be discovered, which doesn't make it important to politicians who have to work in a shortened timespan to maintain their popularity. In my opinion, this is fundamentally wrong and will only hold back our nation, which is why I have created this petition to hopefully spread the issue and to create an impetus for change within Australia.



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