Australian Budget Delivers for Science Facilities and Medical Research
Research facilities and medicine were among the winners for science in Australia's 2018/19 national budget. The government will push to invest almost Aus$1.9 billion (US$1.4 billion) over the next 12 years in shared research infrastructure. Scientists welcome relative windfall after years of stagnating funds.
Australia's Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel has said US President Donald Trump's move to censor environmental data is 'reminiscent' of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's control of science in the USSR.
Facilities prepare for shutdown as government refuses to secure funding. Up to 1,700 jobs at 27 facilities at risk from 30 June, with $150m in vital funding tied to the Coalition’s higher-education changes.