‘No Free Rides to the Future: Shoring up the Science to Sustain Us’ is the title of the Jack Beale Lecture delivered by Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb last week.

Professor Chubb says Australia has to end its “she’ll be right” attitude to the future and get serious about a science strategy that will support the economy and national living standards into the future.

Nations around the world are resetting their economies to embrace new technologies, skills and alliances, he said, with science, technology, engineering and mathematics capabilities at the core of almost every agenda.

However, Australia is the only OECD country that has neither a national science and technology strategy or an innovation strategy.

Professor Chubb said Australia needed a science strategy focused on making the economy competitive, fostering education, building research and engaging in strategic international partnerships.

The full speech can be accessed at