New CSIRO climate science centre a ‘sleight of hand’

Greens Science spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the CSIRO management’s announcement of a new climate science centre in Hobart is really just a sleight of hand manoeuvre designed to distract from its confirmation that 75 climate science jobs and 275 jobs across the board will be cut from our national science organisation.

“The Greens welcome any investment in climate science and the CSIRO, however the motivations behind CSIRO management’s decision must be questioned,” Mr Bandt said.

“This announcement comes at the same time CSIRO management has confirmed that 75 jobs in climate science at the organisation will be cut.”

“The Greens suspect this is a sleight of hand by the CSIRO management to help ease some of the pressure they’ve been feeling from the public and respected scientific organisations across the world.”

“When you look at the detail of the announcement, the maths does not add up. Creating 40 new jobs while cutting 75 is still devastating for the scientists who will lose their jobs, the skills and capacity of our national science organisation and our understanding of the climate.”

“The government cannot wash their hands clean of these devastating cuts to the CSIRO. Malcolm Turnbull and Christopher Pyne must intervene and save all the jobs set to be cut from the CSIRO before it’s too late.”

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