Malcolm Turnbull Sells Out Aspendale CSIRO

Papers presented to Senate Estimates have revealed that Malcolm Turnbull’s job cuts to CSIRO climate research will focus on the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Centre in Aspendale, after the CSIRO was directed to ‘minimise impacts on Hobart’ to avoid a ‘regional political issue.’

The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP

Shadow Attorney General
Shadow Minister for the Arts
Federal Member for Isaacs

 

MALCOLM TURNBULL SELLS OUT ASPENDALE CSIRO

 

Papers presented to Senate Estimates have revealed that Malcolm Turnbull’s job cuts to CSIRO climate research will focus on the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Centre in Aspendale, after the CSIRO was directed to ‘minimise impacts on Hobart’ to avoid a ‘regional political issue.’

 

“Mr Turnbull is directly targeting the Isaacs electorate. The two major climate research centres in Southern Australia are in Aspendale and in Tasmania. Papers presented to Senate Estimates show that the CSIRO has been directed to minimise Mr Turnbull’s cuts to the CSIRO in Tasmania to avoid a political issue in a politically marginal state. The consequence of this is that Mr Turnbull’s cuts are now unfairly focussed on the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Centre in Aspendale,” Mr Dreyfus said.

 

“This is politicking of the most sickening nature. Mr Turnbull is playing with the jobs of CSIRO researchers in Isaacs to minimise political damage in Tasmania.”

 

“Peoples livelihoods are at stake here and Mr Turnbull is callously thinking about politics.”

 

“This is not a time to mince words: Mr Turnbull has sold out Melbourne’s South-East. He has cut national funding to the CSIRO and then focussed these cuts on our community. Mr Turnbull’s cuts are a disgrace and every member of our community will feel the direct or indirect shock of these cuts, and every person has every right to feel outraged at Mr Turnbull’s games.”

 

“Mr Turnbull talks about innovation. He talks about creating an agile economy, but everything the Liberals have done over the past two and a half years, from cutting funding to the automotive manufacturing sector, to focussing CSIRO cuts on our community, to cutting funding for local schools and hospitals, has hurt our community.”

 

“Mr Turnbull is a wolf in sheep’s clothing when it comes to science and innovation. If he really believes that his cuts to the CSIRO are the best outcome for the Australian community and for the community of Isaacs, I call on him to take these cuts to the election and let the Australian people decide,” Mr Dreyfus said.

 

FRIDAY 8 APRIL 2016