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Tasmania is home to some of the nation’s best scientists, and the Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to supporting our growing science and research community. We recognise that our scientific community is vital for our future economy, quality of life, health and security.

I was pleased to again host the annual Science Meets Parliament event at Parliament House last night, bringing together our leading scientists with elected Tasmanian parliamentarians and policy makers.

Now in its 14th year, Science Meets Parliament showcases the best in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities from around the state and helps to ensure the sector attracts, retains and recognises the best people to continue the search for new answers, technology and opportunities.

Our capital city hosts the highest number of scientists per capita than any other city in the country. Our partnerships with the University of Tasmania, the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and the Federal Government all mean that Tasmania is incredibly well positioned to take advantage of a range of tremendous opportunities that will grow jobs and increase quality of life for Tasmanians and indeed the world.

As a key employer and economic contributor, the STEM sector enjoys the committed support of the Hodgman majority Liberal Government. We are championing STEM education and funding fresh new opportunities for more young Tasmanians to be exposed to and then pursue educational and career opportunities in the sciences.

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