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" <> 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:

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

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