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CSIRO Head McKeon on the promise of scientific research


Talking Business is a podcast review of the Australian economy, presented by seasoned business journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker, produced in association with the RMIT College of Business. It features interviews with prominent business leaders and expert analysis from RMIT academics.

CSIRO Head McKeon on the promise of scientific research

Today, Garry and Leon speak with Simon McKeon, executive chairman of Macquarie Bank; chairman of CSIRO, Australia’s world-class scientific and industrial research organisation; founding president of the Australian Takeovers Panel, involved with education at both high school and university level; a board member of World Vision Australia and of the VisionFund, which looks after World Vision’s international development programs; world-class yachtsman (and medal winner in Olympic yachting); and involved with Multiple Sclerosis Australia – he was diagnosed with the disease about ten years ago.

In this podcast, McKeon talks about his vision for CSIRO and the status of scientific research in Australia, its problems and its promise for Australia’s future.

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Garry Barker and Leon Gettler both have established careers with ‘The Age’ newspaper, where Garry Barker is its Technology Editor, and Leon Gettler is a Senior Business Journalist. Gettler also works freelance on a number of other publications.