AQ: Australian Quarterly turns 85!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                        Issued: 13/1/14


 One of Australia’s oldest magazines, AQ: Australian Quarterly, will celebrate 85years with the release of a special anniversary edition this month. The special edition, dubbed The Great Grant Debate, is dedicated to the future of science funding in Australia.

The magazine was launched in 1929 and has published articles by some of the country’s leading political and scientific commentators of the last century including former prime ministers Malcolm Fraser, Gough Whitlam and Robert Menzies.

AQ has delivered social, scientific and political commentary through wars, depressions, booms and busts,” Editor Grant Mills said. “Our 85th anniversary marks one of the great milestones in Australian publishing.”

Mills said the magazine, which is published quarterly by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, had evolved and changed to stay relevant, with a shift in focus from political science to science policy in recent years.

AQ is now Australia’s only magazine devoted to science policy and engaging with the issues that will define our scientific future,” he said.

“How the government engages with, supports and provides for our scientists and scientific institutions is going to be critical to every person in Australia, whether they realise it or not.”

The 85th anniversary special edition will take an in-depth look at the future of science funding in Australia, bringing together the most important voices on the issue, including articles from National Health and Medical Research Council CEO, Prof Warwick Anderson, and Australian Research Council CEO, Prof Aidan Byrne.

This unprecedented issue will also include contributions from Prof Ian Chubb, Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Adrian Barnett from the Queensland University of Technology, and many others at forefront of this critical debate about Australia’s future.

“With Australian science undergoing many changes, the edition will focuses on The Great Grant Debate and the health of Australia’s funding landscape,” Mills said. “It’s a must read for everyone invested in our country’s scientific future.”

The 85th anniversary edition will be available from January until the end of March and can be purchased through a print or digital subscription. For details visit www.aips.net.au/aq-magazine


Media contact: Grant Mills – Editor, AQ: Australian Quarterly

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