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Report reveals mathematician shortage

Professor Hyam Rubinstein chaired a review released by the Australian Academy of Science on 14 December, 2006. The review warned that Australia's ability to win contracts for high-tech causes is at risk due to a looming shortage of mathematicians.

Professor Hyam Rubinstein,from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne who chaired the review, said industry submissions to the inquiry revealed Australia was in danger of losing its competitive advantage in fields like data analysis, forecasting, finance and banking systems, IT and national security.

Professor Rubinstein said Australia's reputation as a leader in maths and statistics had drawn international experts here. However, underinvestment in mathematics and statistics is jeopardising the competitiveness of Australian industry and could see Australia become a low-end provider.
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