Science still not in the room where it happens

Scientists were cross when science was consigned to the outer darkness of an assistant minister’s office in the PM’s last shuffle. Science and Technology Australia and the Australian Academy of Science were especially upset when Mr Turnbull did not respond to complaints (CMM January 17 ). But all is now well, with STA reporting “government sharpens science focus in cabinet.” This is based on a promise that Innovation Minister, Michaelia Cash, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg plus CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall and Chief Scientist Alan Finkel will all work on a new project to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Good-o, but the member of the executive responsible for science is still assistant minister Zed Seselja.


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