Responding to Minister Bowen’s resignation from cabinet today, Greens Deputy Leader and Science & Research spokesperson, Adam Bandt, today condemned Labor’s factional warfare for now delivering its fourth minister in less than 16 months in the crucial science & research portfolio.
“Science & research is the key to Australia’s future prosperity. We need stability and long-term thinking to set Australia up for the future but instead science & research is falling prey to a self-obsessed Labor party and its factional wars,” said Mr Bandt.
“After Chris Bowen’s resignation because of his role in Labor’s internal wars, science and research will be on to its fourth minister since December 2011, when Kim Carr was also necked because of Labor’s instability.”
“Science and research is routinely threatened with budget cuts and it needs a champion in cabinet. Instead, we’ll see a fourth minister in less than 16 months with only a few weeks before a harsh budget.”
“The Greens led the parliamentary charge to stop hundreds of millions of dollars being cut from health and medical research in 2011.”
“Labor sees science & research as a honeypot it can keep dipping into when it needs money to balance the budget.”
“The Greens are worried that Labor’s instability puts science & research at risk in the upcoming budget.”