Mark Dreyfus Calls On Malcolm Turnbull To Guarantee Aspendale CSIRO Jobs

Federal Member for Isaacs Mark Dreyfus has expressed his deep concern about media reports that the Turnbull Government will cut as many as 350 jobs from the CSIRO, with the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Centre in Aspendale very likely to be among the targets.

The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP

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

 

MARK DREYFUS CALLS ON MALCOLM TURNBULL TO GUARANTEE ASPENDALE CSIRO JOBS

 

Federal Member for Isaacs Mark Dreyfus has expressed his deep concern about media reports that the Turnbull Government will cut as many as 350 jobs from the CSIRO, with the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Centre in Aspendale very likely to be among the targets.

 

“The Abbott/Turnbull Government has a deplorable record that demonstrates its utter contempt for science and for Australian workers. It seems intent on gutting the CSIRO, Australia’s peak science body which has done ground-breaking international climate research,” Mr Dreyfus said.

 

“Employees of the CSIRO centre in Aspendale have every right to fear this government. Nothing has changed – Malcolm Turnbull pays lip service to “innovation” but is sacking some of the nation’s leading scientists.”

 

“The CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Centre in Aspendale is one of the most important climate research centres in Australia and has provided essential data so that we can better understand and respond to the threat of climate change. If reports of a head count reduction to just 30 are true, it will rip the heart out of the Centre.”

 

“I call on Malcolm Turnbull to pull his head in and guarantee that no jobs at the Aspendale CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Centre will be lost,” Mr Dreyfus said.

 

Australia’s scientific community is still reeling from the cuts of the last two years of the Abbott/Turnbull government, and it has now been delivered a fresh blow by someone who poses as their friend. I call on Malcolm Turnbull to prove he means it when he says that dealing with climate change is important.

 

THURSDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2016