Science and Technology Australia announces its new STEM advisors for MPs
This is a great idea – providing science-curious politicians with access to a dedicated (as in available and committed) scientist, who brings, “their science expertise and networks to assist evidence-based policy-making.”
When the scheme started Labor members and senators predominated in putting their hands-up for help, with 16 from the ALP, two Libs and one Nat and an Independent (CMM May 3 2018, March 6 2020).
But not now, of the 17 scientists assigned to an office six will go to Labor, seven Liberal, one to a Nat, and two to Greens.
Margaret Shanafield (Flinders U) is assigned to Independent senator for South Australia, Rex Patrick. Dr Shanafield is a freshwater ecologist but CMM is sure she is across submarines.
This is a great way to ensure an independent source of science expertise in receptive political offices.