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Shorten takes charge of Labor’s science policy

Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten has assumed personal responsibility for the science portfolio, an indication of the high priority he is giving to research in his shadow cabinet.

He has also named former federal science minister, Senator Kim Carr, as shadow minister assisting the opposition leader on science. Carr, who has more than a decade of experience in federal science policy, also takes on higher education, research, innovation and industry.

The move gives the science and higher education portfolios a prominent role in shaping opposition policy. During his recent campaign for the shadow leadership, Shorten stressed that Labor should be strong advocates for science, research and higher education, and “a party of ideas”.

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