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

“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.

“This is a live issue for the scientists at the CSIRO. In the context of this government’s climate change scepticism and defunding of important research, it’s important to note there is no science minister.”

Popovski said he was meeting with Macfarlane at the end of September and will raise concerns over the 1,300 people set to lose their jobs at CSIRO due to government budget cuts.

“I suppose I’ll find out how passionate he is about science then,” he said. “We would certainly prefer the minister to be talking up science and the contribution it makes rather than incorrectly characterising scientists.”

Read the full story on The Guardian website.

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