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USASA responds to Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook

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USASA responds to Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook

[Media Release] Today (17 December 2018), the Federal Government handed down its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), which revealed nearly $200m worth of cuts to research and development funding over the next four years. These cuts will see the Federal Government’s share of direct investment in research and development as a percentage of GDP fall to a 40-year low.

This announcement comes on the back of calls from Universities Australia for the Federal Government to stop political interference in Australian research funding after the Education Minister vetoed 11 highly-recommended applications that had gone through rigorous peer-review processes.

The University of South Australia Student Association (USASA) is the Student Association at UniSA, representing approximately 37,000 students. “Cuts to university research funding impede on Australia’s ability to deliver on world-leading research breakthroughs,” said USASA President Jordan Mumford. “While there is a need, as well as strong public support for more publicly-funded research, this Federal Government seems to be only capable of cuts and interference.”

The USASA President is currently sitting on the Academic Freedom Working Group which has been established in response to recent events which have seen an increased focus on academic freedom within Universities. “USASA will continue to advocate for the principle of free intellectual inquiry without political inference, as well as pushing for increased public expenditure into research and development,” said USASA President Jordan Mumford.

For media enquiries, please contact Jordan Mumford on mumjp001@mymail.unisa.edu.au or 0420 681 435