I just thought I’d mention this. A day after I wrote this post about questions of relevancy for academic research, the Liberals have announced that they would cut ARC funding for ‘wasteful’ projects. They identified several current ARC projects that they indicate would not attract similar funding if sought under an Abbott government. Both the academics identified and the ARC have responded critically to the Liberals’ most recent indulgence in anti-intellectualism.
Tomorrow we vote. I hope there is room for innovative academic research in the government’s thinking on Monday.