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:
Then you can decide whether to laugh or cry.....
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