Abbott's war on science

Government investment in scientific research is going backwards in Australia as other nations move forward. The long-term economic risks are profound.

When the freshly-minted Prime Minister Tony Abbott declined for the first time since 1931 to appoint a science minister as part of his Cabinet in September last year, he did so having made an election promise four months earlier to “provide the long-term, stable policies and vision that our nation’s scientists and researchers need to excel in their work”.

He then asked scientists to judge the government on its “performance, not by our titles”.

It’s judgement day, and the results -- on the whole -- are not good.

Future fund at a cost


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