Scientists angry about Ian Macfarlane’s ‘precious petals’ remark

Greens say industry minister should apologise for insulting the science establishment when he should be advocating for them.

Source The Guardian

 Scientists have reacted angrily to industry minister Ian Macfarlane’s description of them as “precious petals”, while the Greens have demanded that he apologise for the remarks.

Sam Popovski, secretary of the CSIRO staff association, said Macfarlane’s comments were unhelpful at a time when the government is slashing funding to the science agency.“Quite clearly, we reject the characterisation of scientists as precious petals, that’s just not appropriate,” he told Guardian Australia. “It’s important we call for a science minister because science is at the core of the challenges Australia faces, from the environment to creating jobs Continue reading

Making the case for CSIRO

A twenty per cent cut to the workforce over two years. Vital and important research shut down completely. Multiple site closures, regional science hanging by a thread.

These are some of the stark realities the CSIRO Staff Association will directly convey to federal politicians – including Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane – later this month in a series of meetings with representatives from across the spectrum.

The lobbying effort comes ahead of a Senate Inquiry into Australia’s innovation system, which is expected to hold a number of public hearings into the state of science and research before the end of the year.

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Update your details this September and win

The Staff Association is asking all members to update their contact details in September. This process is secure, easy, and only takes a few minutes, at most.

Best of all, all members who update their contact details go into the draw to win an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, valued at $119. There are also three $50 Coles Myer gift vouchers to be won.

All you need to do is follow this link to update your details. That’s all, we’ll do the rest.

The competition is not open to employees or senior officials of the Staff Association. Winners will be announced by email in October.

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CPSU Election 2014



                                                        The AEC will soon be conducting the CPSU’s election for the years 2015-2017. This election is for the directly elected positions of National Officer, Section Secretary, Governing Councillor, Section Officer and Section Councillor.

  • The Election Notice for available positions is here.
  • The CPSU election bulletin is here.

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