Category Archives: science

What’s happened to NSW government reports on the state of its national parks?

The New South Wales government appears not to have published a comprehensively detailed State of the Parks report for over a decade, despite completing a survey of the state’s 867 national parks in 2013. Go the the government’s website – … Continue reading

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Science skills shortage a “real concern” for Australia’s booming $45 bn wine industry

Australia’s wine industry is grappling with a science skills shortage as universities and TAFE’s cut back on relevant courses for vineyard management and applied research, an industry report says. Wine Australia, the country’s main funding organisation for wine science research, … Continue reading

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What career? Science becoming a gig economy with declining research options

Environmental science is becoming an increasingly precarious career, with around 50 per cent of postgraduate researchers leaving the field after only five years, a US study based on a global citation database has found. It says there has been a … Continue reading

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Marketing not science is driving BINGO conservation agenda says UK study

A group of British scientists has questioned the influence of corporate-style global environment groups in manipulating public donations, government funding and policy priorities for biodiversity conservation. They claim these big international non-governmental organisations – otherwise known as BINGOs – use … Continue reading

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Australia must set public KPIs for federal politicians to stop “brazen culture of self-interest” says former chief scientist

Australia’s former chief scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, has suggested government ministers should undergo an annual public performance assessment, so voters can track their effectiveness. “Any other employee in Australia in a professional or management position these days would be expected … Continue reading

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Australia’s auditor-general censures CSIRO over lack of “clear ” corporate plan

Australia’s top science agency, the CSIRO, has been rebuked by the federal auditor general for not having a clearly articulated government performance plan to guide its decisions. Which means that questions have been raised about its mandatory corporate plan. An … Continue reading

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Jobs spill for more than 50 senior roles at NSW national parks service

More than 50 senior jobs have been spilled by the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service,  a move that suggests staff must reapply for their positions or negotiate redundancies. The jobs include 15 senior ranger positions across the … Continue reading

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Defence spend on Australian university research more than doubled in just one year

Defence increased its funding for Australian university research projects by more than 70 per cent in the past financial year, according to a recent report by the department’s science agency. The Defence Science and Technology Group annual review says that … Continue reading

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Audit finds potential risk of data fraud at Australia’s medical research funding agency

Australia’s federal watchdog has warned that the country’s biggest medical research grants program faces a “high risk” of financial mismanagement due to its complex bureaucracy. The Australian National Audit Office has also raised concerns about potential data fraud due to poor … Continue reading

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Australian science report praises mining innovation but is silent on solar research

A federal performance review of Australian scientific research claims mining is a “standout sector” for innovation, but appears to have ignored world-leading renewable energy technologies in its assessment. Innovation and Science Australia, a statutory body created in 2016 to advise … Continue reading

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