At a time when funding for science is scarce and the public rejects expertise, voters and politicians need to be convinced that research funding is as an investment, not a cost, writes Darren Saunders.
New drug trials for treating HIV infection, major depression and helping smokers quit are among the UNSW projects that have received major backing in the latest round of federal government medical research funding.
Reports that Treasurer Joe Hockey has refused to back down on plans to strip $4 billion from school and hospital funding in the May budget will do little to repair relations between the States and the Commonwealth, writes Andrew Lynch.
A leaked mental health review reportedly recommends re-directing $1billion from acute hospital services to community services. The proposal risks causing a major destabilisation of the public mental health system, writes Phil Mitchell.