More than 200 concerned Canberrans have sent a clear message to the Abbott/Turnbull Government that CSIRO jobs must be protected and no decisions to cut jobs from the world-leading research agency should not occur until after the election.
The message was sent loud and clear at a community forum last night about cuts to jobs and funding at the CSIRO and was attended by students, scientists, and concerned citizens.
The Abbott/Turnbull Government's cuts to the CSIRO risk both jobs and reputation and once these cuts are made, they can't be put back together.
In responding to this threat, a Shorten Labor Government would commission an independent review of CSIRO’s corporate structure, management and functions.
It's taken the CSIRO 100 years to build its world-leading reputation, but it only takes one wrong-headed Government to dismantle it.
Yesterday's news that more than 90 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing some degree of coral bleaching was a reminder of how important it is to continue monitoring the effects of climate change. Make no mistake: you wouldn't stop monitoring a hospital patient at a time when you're doing everything you can to save them.
Australia's blessed to have a world-renowned scientific resource monitoring our unique natural environment. If we lose one, we lose both.
The Minister must now intervene, holt these cuts and demonstrate he's not beholden to his party's right wing climate deniers.
Malcolm Turnbull infamously said:
"I will not lead a party that is not as committed to effective action on climate change as I am."
But here we see Malcolm Turnbull leading a government that is set on cutting funding and jobs from an agency that aims to protect our environment.
Another occasion where Malcolm Turnbull has said one thing but is doing another.
THURSDAY 21 APRIL, 2016