New Climate Science Centre for Hobart Creates Political Storm


Despite ongoing job cuts, the CSIRO has announced it is setting up a Climate Change Research Centre in Hobart.
The centre will provide work for 40 full-time scientists but at the same time, CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall told staff in an email that 275 jobs would be cut.
Tasmania Labor Senator Lisa Singh hit out at the announcement of the centre, saying it was designed to deflect attention away from the cuts.
“This is absolutely devastating news, it’s devastating for Hobart and the whole country,” Senator Singh told ABC local radio. “We have a government going over to Paris signing a climate change agreement, at the same time doing absolutely nothing to intervene to stop – which it could – these cuts to crucial jobs in monitoring climate science.”
Labor’s shadow industry minister Kim Carr said the announcement had come ahead of a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday.
“The only thing scientific about the new centre is political science,” Senator Carr told the Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s been cobbled together as a means to save marginal seats [in Tasmania]. I call on the government to halt the job cuts to CSIRO pending the election.”
But Chief Scientist Dr Finkel proclaimed a national climate research centre as “the right move for Australia”.
“The new centre is a stable building block in this critical field, which will both inform national policy and meet our international obligations,” Dr Finkel said in a statement.
“Australia has a central role to play in understanding the climate of the Southern Hemisphere.

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