The CEO of CSIRO is sacking hundreds Australian climate scientists from their ranks. Cutting these scientists will “gut” the climate program and leave some of Australia’s brightest scientists without a job. In 2016 he doesn't think we need climate scientists.
The CSIRO has pioneered some of the best climate models in the world, helping us adapt and prepare for extreme weather, El Nino, drought and storms. To slash their numbers at a time when the urgency of understanding, adapting and responding to climate change has never been greater suggests that the Government does not want to hear the facts.
“It’s a catastrophic reduction in our capacity to assess present and future climate change. It will leave us vulnerable to future climate change and unable to take advantage of any positives that result.” - Andy Pitman, the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of NSW
If Turnbull was serious about innovation, he would think twice about what sort of future he wants to leave for our generation.
We are working with the public sector union as we fight to keep these scientists at the CSIRO. Throughout the election campaign we'll be keeping the pressure on the Government to make sure the "innovation PM" can't get away with these backwards cuts.
Tell Turnbull to use his power to reverse this decision and reinstate the scientists at the CSIRO.
Here's a message from Nadine Flood (CPSU), Ged Kearney (ACTU) and Kirsty Albion (AYCC):