Christopher Pyne is Australia's new science minister, ScienceInsider reports.

Pyne, it adds, was appointed to the post as part of a reshuffling by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who took over that post from Tony Abbott last week following an internal party struggle. Many in Australian scientific circles had criticized Abbott, who cut more than AU$3 billion from the science, research, and innovation budget.

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