Labor calls for Senate Inquiry into science and research

THE Federal Opposition is hoping to establish a wide-ranging Senate inquiry into science and research, a day after Labor leader Bill Shorten urged scientists to get political.

Pushed by former Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr, the inquiry will examine the current funding for science and research.

It also would likely provide a further platform for Labor's continuing attacks on the government on Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision not to appoint a specific Science Minister.

While the inquiry has not garnered wider support yet, Sen Carr said it would also look to create a "long-term strategy for science and innovation".

He said in a statement that strategy would also be backed by a "sustainable funding model" and infrastructure.

Sen Carr said if the Senate adopts the inquiry, it would report back by July next year.

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