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WE KNOW that public services help to improve all of our lives both now and in the future and scientists are critical to evidence based policy. But job cuts and underfunding are undermining our science capability that’s been built up for decades and we will feel the impact for generations.  

The Turnbull government is making deep cuts to climate science programs. Previous Coalition cuts to the CSIRO have drastically limited our research capacity.

PSU Regional Secretary Tasmania Jess Munday:

“The CSIRO in Hobart is a major employer of scientists, and these same programs have already been cut by the Liberals over the last few years. We’re unclear of how many jobs in Hobart will be cut under this latest attack.”

PSU National Secretary Nadine Flood: 

Government cuts to the CSIRO have already done untold damage, with critical research halted into Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, bowel cancer, geothermal energy and liquid fuels. This latest body blow to climate science shows the Government and CSIRO management have their priorities fundamentally wrong.”

The latest round of CSIRO cuts impact on:

  •  350 scientists
  •  Oceans and Atmosphere and Land and Water divisions
  •  Our ability to predict and adapt to climate change
  •  Countless other research programs

However, the cuts will cause further damage because of the collaborative nature of science. The Bureau of Meteorology and the Antarctic division have spoken about the impact of these cuts on their important work, which is entwined with both these divisions.

Senior CSIRO research scientist Dr Wenju Cai told the ABC’s Simon Lauder that: 

“We’re talking about so many people who could lose their job, you know, we are also talking about losing Australia’s climate research capability, that we spent the past 40 years to build.”

World renowned climate scientist Professor Nathan Bindoff told the ABC this week that these cuts would undermine national activities on modelling Australia’s future climate, as well as programs at the University of Tasmania, the Bureau of Meteorology and other science disciplines at the CSIRO. Listen to the interview here.

How you can help

Sign the petition against these cuts to science here

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