Senate debates

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Questions without Notice

Women's Economic Security

2:56 pm

Photo of Jane HumeJane Hume (Victoria, Liberal Party, Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy) Share this | Hansard source

Yes, I certainly can. As a matter of fact, I visited very recently a number of organisations where the feedback about this program has been exceptional. There was a medtech organisation in Melbourne, Seer Medical, an innovative organisation which simplifies complex medical systems into technologies that people can benefit from in the comfort of their own homes. I also visited Cicada Innovations in Sydney and met the CEO there, Sally-Ann Williams. Sally-Ann is a terrific role model for young women contemplating a career in STEM and was particularly supportive of this government's actions to get more women into rewarding careers in Australia's jobs of the future.

Misha Schubert of Science and Technology Australia said that the new STEM scholarship program will pave the way for more women and girls to study science and technology. Kylie Walker, CEO of the Academy of Technology and Engineering, also welcomed the program, saying that increasing investment in STEM education and research translation will strengthen Australia's capacity to rebuild after COVID. And, indeed, Michelle Gallaher, CEO of health data analytics company Opyl, said that scholarships for the private sector are an excellent investment. (Time expired)


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