The election priorities for CSIRO Staff Association were directed to Karen Andrews, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. First elected to Parliament in 2010, Ms Andrews represents the Queensland electorate of McPherson, which covers the southern Gold Coast and hinterland.
An engineering graduate, Ms Andrews has represented the research portfolio through out her career as Parliamentary Secretary and Assistant Minister before being appointed Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in August 2018.
The Coalition’s response was provided by Federal Director of the Liberal Party, Andrew Hirst.
“The response from the Coalition has highlighted the Government’s record in terms of funding for CSIRO without referring to future funding,” Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said.
The union representing employees of the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has welcomed Labor’s announcement of increased funding for climate science.
Science and research spokesperson Senator Kim Carr confirmed a Labor Government would direct an additional $10 million to CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre to improve and better coordinate research and develop a climate science capability plan.
Prime Minster Scott Morrison has announced that a federal election will be held on Saturday 18 May 2019, ending weeks of speculation and marking the start of a 37-day campaign.
The decision to go to the polls follows an early federal budget that included no new measures for CSIRO and little for science in general; despite calls from research community representatives for stronger investment in the sector.
While the major political parties are still to respond to Staff Association correspondence seeking specific policy commitments on a range of issues – including CSIRO funding, job security, scientific integrity and fairer enterprise bargaining – representatives from the Coalition, Labor and the Greens recently met with science leaders in Sydney to outline competing visions for Australian research.