science

Following closely on the decision to scrap the minister for science, there has been outrage at news that up to 1400 CSIRO employees will not have their contracts renewed.

Some context is useful to see just how awful this decision is. The first thing to understand is the exceptionally tenuous position of most early-career scientists in Australia. After finishing an undergraduate degree and honours, the next stage for those interested in expanding society's collective knowledge is usually a doctorate.