In a country which the OECD ranks 23rd of 24 nations in the value of technology-intensive exports over imports, which "has been an industrial museum and our factories are working mdoels of the age of chisels, spanners and hammers" according to its Minister for Science and Technology and which now, according to the same man has a "detailed Science and Technology Policy, the best of any political party in the English speaking world" there are indications of change. Over the past seven years there have been grants of $135M to encourage major industrial research and development projects by companies and a further $20M has been contracted for 18 projects seen to have potential benefit for Australia. Our laser photochemistry project has been funded under the latter scheme. A brief review will be given of Government support of industrial chemistry projects in Australia. The nature of the industry-academic interaction required in our contract will be compared with the normal approach by academics to industrial research.
G L Paul,
"A New Industrial Laser Chemistry Program In Australia", Proc. SPIE 0458, Applications of Lasers to Industrial Chemistry, (31 May 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.939421; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.939421