No Science Minister for Australia

Australia's new government has eliminated the science minister post.

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Why not, as long as the

Why not, as long as the Minister's salary is now used to fund research instead of taking the money away from researchers, like most University administration's do in the US - if only the use of all these millions of indirect cost $$$ would be peer-reviewed like our research :)

It's just the final insult.

It's just the final insult. The science ministry in previous governments on both sides of politics has had a very low priority and the science minsters,(usually second or thirds rate Jim Hackers) main job was/is to spout feel good platitudes about the importance of science and occasionally increase the number of student places in the universities to grind out ever more graduates with no prospect of getting a job in research.
Now the new government has virtully admitted it has no interest in the sciences.