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March for Science

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

With conservative governments at the Federal and State level ignoring climate science and overseeing cuts to the State's world class scientific institutions, hundreds of Tasmanians joined the global March for Science today.

Hobart is a globally recognised hub of Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.  Something of which we can be immensely proud, but this expertise and our reputation is under assault at a time when we should be increasing funding of public good science.

Welcome Backflip on Macquarie Island Research Station

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokesperson

The Greens warmly welcome the announcement of a continuing year-round presence on Macquarie Island, and thank all who contributed to the decision.

There is a real opportunity now to not only ensure the scientific and meteorological research undertaken from the Australian Antarctic Division base continues, but to invest in new facilities, particularly as the existing base is subject to regular inundation.

Most of the current structures on the base are well past their use-by date. 

Premier Failing on Macquarie Island Travesty

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

While his Federal Liberal colleagues first slashed jobs at the CSIRO in Hobart, the Premier was reduced to wringing his hands and expressing his disappointment.

Now, the Federal Liberals have forced the closure of the Australian Antarctic Division base on Macquarie Island, ending 68 years of Australian research on Macquarie Island, and the Premier is again 'disappointed'.

Really, Premier?  Is that the best you can do?

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