Fairfax Media | 8 November 2013
The Coalition government’s commitment to science is being questioned after its failure to nominate a dedicated science minister (for the first time in 80 years) and subsequent decisions, including the closure of the global warming advisory body the Climate Change Commission, and revelations that Australia will not be sending its environment minister, Greg Hunt, or any ministerial stand-in to international climate change negotiations starting on Monday in Warsaw – and the failure of the Prime Minister to attend the Prime Minister’s Awards for Science. Now it emerges that Australia’s premier scientific research and development agency is facing swingeing cuts.
Almost a quarter of scientists, researchers and workers at Australia’s premier science institution will lose their jobs under the federal government’s present public service jobs freeze.
The blanket staff freeze across the public service threatens the jobs of 1400 “non-ongoing” workers at…
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