I WAS delighted to see Sussan Ley opening a science education unit saying what we all know and agree with: “There are not enough students doing science, becoming interested in science and graduating through the science disciplines.”
Science is the study of our world and beyond, through observation and experiment and is vital to our future. Our modern disciplines of medicine (eg cancer diagnosis and treatment) communications (eg mobile phones), meteorology (eg climate measurement) and many other areas are only possible because of scientists and their advances in science.
These sentiments however seem to fly in the face of the actions of Sussan’s leader Tony Abbott.
He is the first Australian Prime Minister in 81 years not to appoint a science minister and is cutting funding to Australia’s pre-eminent science body: the CSIRO.
He continues to act as if human-induced climate change is not a reality.
Our jobs and our futures are dep-endent on strong science by good scientists.
— LAURISTON MUIRHEAD,