Senate debates

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Questions without Notice

Science and Innovation

2:35 pm

Photo of Arthur SinodinosArthur Sinodinos (NSW, Liberal Party, Cabinet Secretary) Share this | Hansard source

It is very important that, where there is great success in Australian science and innovation, we note it, we mark it and we celebrate it. A few weeks ago in the Great Hall in parliament the government hosted the Prime Minister's science and innovation awards. There were new Australians awarded science prizes and innovation prizes, joining a long list of Australians who have made great discoveries in research and science.

There was an inaugural prize for innovation this year and it was won by Professor Graeme Jameson, with whom many people would be familiar. He works with the University of Newcastle, which happens to me my alma mater. He has created something called the Jameson cell—a technology that uses trillions of bubbles to capture and use coaldust that would otherwise be wasted. It is estimated that he has saved the Australian economy $36 billion because of the Jameson cell over the last few years. While I am on my feet, I also acknowledge Todd Williams, who is here from the RDA in the Hunter. He is doing great work in the innovation space. (Time expired)


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