[ASC-list] Editorials in the SMH and Australian on science

Rod Lamberts rod.lamberts at anu.edu.au
Wed Sep 17 09:32:02 UTC 2014


Good lord, could the Oz be any more predictable ...

Dr RG Lamberts
Deputy Director
Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science
A Centre for the National Commission of UNESCO

The Australian National University


> On 17 Sep 2014, at 7:17 pm, "Toss Gascoigne" <director at tossgascoigne.com.au> wrote:
> 
> Good to see both the SMH and The Australian editorialising about science this week. 
> 
> But what a difference!
> 
> The Oz was critical of the ABC, because it thought the Q&A panelists from Monday night's show were too negative (they failed, for instance, to mention the proposed $20 billion Medical Research Innovation Fund notionally funded by the $7 doctor-visit levy).
> 
> The headline in the Australian was "Scientists need to be more innovative about funding".  It chided scientists for not doing a better job selling the virtues of a career in science, and urged them to " do better in explaining the fascinating opportunities their profession offers".
> 
> The SMH heading, in contrast, was: "Science for a better society and a stronger economy
> 
> It said we needed a "vision for the future", continuity of funding and collaboration with industry; and recommended the government accept Ian Chubb's new national science strategy.
> 
> The full text is at:
> 
> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/editorials/scientists-need-to-be-more-innovative-about-funding/story-e6frg71x-1227060705910
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> http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/science-for-a-better-society-and-a-stronger-economy-20140914-10griy.html#ixzz3DYv7UzN6
> 
> Then you can decide whether to laugh or cry.....
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