The Australian Government also knows that Australian science is world class. It regularly undertakes a rigorous process through the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) process to measure and benchmark the level of excellence in Australian universities against global best practice.
The underpinning approach to this story of success is the scientific method. Why opt for this approach as opposed to other forms of decision making? There is verifiable proof, over hundreds of years, that a scientific basis for decision making has delivered remarkable and almost innumerable benefits to humankind, not least the agricultural sector.