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Estimates: Finkel, CSIRO and climate

Senator RICE: Thank you, Dr Finkel, for your opening statement and for your support, in particular for the climate science that has been undertaken at CSIRO and for the scientists, those skilled and qualified people, that you mentioned in your report. They are the fundamental critical element of our climate science. In your statement, in the areas of climate science that you saw as being essential you have long-term data collection and the climate modelling capabilities.

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CSIRO CEO’s climate science cuts cast doubt on its future

The Australian Greens today said the CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall’s decision to cut hundreds of jobs in climate science within the organisation puts the future of the CSIRO as a respected national institution in doubt and criticised his public comments on his decision. The Greens called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to intervene and reverse Dr Marshall’s retrograde decision, and for Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to stand up for the Tasmanian climate scientists affected by these cuts.

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CSIRO climate science cuts a test for Turnbull: Greens

The Australian Greens today said the CSIRO’s cuts to climate science are a test for Malcolm Turnbull on innovation and called on the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to intervene and reverse the cuts.

“Malcolm Turnbull risks being an innovation imposter if he allows the CSIRO to proceed with its cuts to climate science,” Greens Science & Research spokesperson Adam Bandt said.

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Liberals crush Tasmania’s economic advantage in climate and Antarctic science

Greens spokesperson for Antarctic issues Senator Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the reported CSIRO job cuts:

“I am devastated to hear of the hundreds of jobs to be lost across CSIRO especially those 110 supposedly to be lost from the Oceans and Atmosphere division.

“The flagship for the Oceans and Atmosphere division is located in Battery Point, Hobart and is a critical component of Tasmania’s Antarctic and climate sector.

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Julie Bishop's innovation statement in Paris rings hollow

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale was in the room to see Australia's Foreign Minister address the UN climate talks in Paris overnight, and says her message rung hollow.

"Minister Bishop can say the word 'innovation' as many times as she likes, but Australia isn't impressing anyone at the Paris climate talks," Senator Di Natale said.

"This conference is packed with the cleanest, most clever technology, but Australia is over here refusing to dump fossil fuel subsidies and pushing ahead with the Southern Hemisphere's largest coal mine in the Galilee Basin.

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