In solidarity with our colleagues in the humanities and social sciences, and via a unanimous resolution of its Annual General Meeting, the ACDS deplores the unwarranted and unreasonable intervention of the Minister for Education in vetoing the award of a tranche of ARC grants.
We call upon the Minister to explain the basis on which he decided to defy the results of a robust review process by national and international experts.
We reject any implied criticism of the ARC, whose grant processes are conducted with the highest standards of integrity and expertise.
We call upon the government to commit publicly to ensure that no further ministerial interference occurs in the award of ARC or NHMRC grants.
Professor Brian Yates
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Professor John Rice
Executive Director, ACDS
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