The incumbent government has injected $124 million into the first round offers for health and medical research funding for 2008. This is an increase of $60 million from the previous Liberal government’s 2007 first round offers, this time last year. The priority areas for 2008 have been high-lighted as cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. This funding is in addition to the $370 million that will be provided to Australian universities to double the number of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and the provision of 1000 mid-career research fellowships.
It will be interesting to see how much will be offered by Labor in the second round of funding in September. The previous government generously provided $560 million for the second round of offers in September 2007 which was most likely a pre-election tactic.
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