Thursday, February 9, 2012

Senator Gallacher discusses Space Policy in Australian Senate

In a speech to the Australian Senate on the 7th of February, South Australian Senator Alex Gallacher espoused the values of Space to Australia, highlighting the success of the recent policy activities in growing the industry as well as providing inspiration and pathways for students to study maths and science.

Senator Alex Gallacher (image: Parliament of Australia)

"The Labor government recognises the enormous economic value of space and how these programs can inspire students to take on space-related careers in science and engineering or to utilise the technology" said Senator Gallacher, going on to highlight the value to the Australian economy as well as the prospects to boost future employment in the sector.

He goes on to highlight the success of 'Project21', which is an Australian Space Research Program that is being run by the Flinders University, and supporting getting students back into Maths and Science.

It's great to see Space Policy once again making its way back into the discussion in the Australian government, and highlights how space continues to be on the rise in Australia. You can find the Senators speech here.

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