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State and Federal Liberals Failing Climate Science

14 September 2016

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House notes with concern:—

(a)           the announced closure of the permanent Australian Antarctic Division research station on Macquarie Island;

(b)           the impact this will have on not only on Antarctic and Southern Ocean science, but also the aim to “Make Tasmania the gateway to Antarctica”;

(c)           the disturbing anti-science trend of the Federal Liberal Government in cutting critical research capacity based in and from Tasmania;

(d)           that the State Government was unaware of this issue until it was publicly announced; and

(e)           the abject failure of the State Government to stand up to their Federal colleagues in any meaningful way to protect Tasmania's reputation as a hub of Antarctic, Southern Ocean and climate science.