Bring Back Science

For only the second time since 1931, Australia doesn’t have a Minister for Science.

From Trump in the US to Turnbull at home, science is under attack. The demotion of science from the Ministry reflects this government’s dismissive attitude to the value and the role of science in public life and public policy.

Science should be at the heart of government decision making, But now, under Turnbull, instead of underpinning public policy it has been relegated to the outer.

Ultimately, even Tony Abbott had a Minister for Science.

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Who's signing

Leigh Ashforth
Penny Szakiel
Justin Shepherd
Emily Dudgeon
Davif O’Connell
Annemarie Manners
Tim Sexton
Arthur Worth
James Fowler
Matthew Daniel
Robin Shorthose
Cormac Westbury
Trang Lam
Kathryn Newton
MaryAnne Smalley
Judith Morgan
Jay-sen Phang
Paul Hackney
Candice Morris-Grant
Alpana Kumar
Robyn Fallo
Bill Shannon
David Powis
Robyn Longhurst
Rebecca Reid
Allan Pettman
Diane Busuttil
Graham Williams
Paul Butler
Cynthia Riginos

Why is this important?

It’s increasingly obvious that the only way science will be valued in this country is if we make it a vote-changing issue that politicians have to take account of.

One reason that science and research is so underfunded in this country is because science has no voice in the Ministry. 

Join our campaign to call on Malcolm Turnbull to immediately reinstate science to the ministry and show respect for research.


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