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Australia investigates new technologies

The Australian Government has established an Expert Forum and Stakeholder Advisory Council to investigate the pros and cons of using technologies such as biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Twenty-one Australian experts will put biotechnology and nanotechnology under the microscope and present their findings to the Gillard Labor Government. Their advice will inform the implementation of the $38.2 million National Enabling Technologies Strategy.

The Expert Forum includes technology specialists, researchers and industry representatives who will identify new and converging technologies and highlight any potential implications for Australia.

The Stakeholder Advisory Council brings together key scientists, researchers, Australian businesses, unions and industry representatives.

Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said it was important that the Australian community understood the new technologies and their potential uses.

“New technologies will bring us new industries, export opportunities and jobs,” Mr Carr said. “They also have the potential to provide breakthrough medicines, faster computers and purer water.

“I am confident that with the support of the experts, the Government can effectively implement the National Enabling Technologies Strategy and ensure the benefits of new technologies can flow to the community.”

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