The Mystery of the Missing Science Ministry

The Mystery of the Missing Science Ministry

When Tony Abbott announced his frontbench earlier this week, many were dismayed by the lack of women on the frontbench. But just as many were concerned about the lack of a Minister of Science, which had ceased to become its own portfolio since its creation in 1931.

Instead, the responsibility for science will be split between the new Minister for Industry, Ian Mcfarlane, and Education Minister, Christopher Pyne.

Some critics say that this shows the lack of importance that the new Abbott Government will put on science, and is seen as a retrograde step backwards for the 21st Century.

Rachel Worsley reports.

Broadcast 20th September 2013, on 2ser 107.3FM, for Razors Edge. 

How engaged are we when it comes to science?

How engaged are we when it comes to science?

It’s National Science Week this week, and Sydney is right in the middle of it. From science workshops, fairs, festivals and media engagement, Sydney arguably has a long history with science communication and constant engagement with the public. But some argue that such promotion of science is missing the point about long-term, collaborative engagement between the public and scientists.

Rachel Worsley finds out if that’s the case.

Youth Boot Camp

Youth Boot Camp

If you’re not working, and you want to go on the dole, you better pack your bags for boot camp. This week, Fairfax Media revealed a leaked submission to the Federal Government’s Expenditure Review Committee about the possibility of establishing a Youth Start Boot Camp for unemployed young people.

The initiative would be targeted at job seekers aged 15-21. According to Education Minister Bill Shorten, the camp would provide motivation, focus and employment skills.

For south-western Sydney, where Canterbury-Bankstown showed Sydney’s worst youth unemployment figures of 19.1 per cent, the boot camp appears to be a welcome initiative. However, people are split as to how beneficial this ‘tough love’ attitude will be.

Rachel Worsley reports.

Broadcast on 02 August 2013, on Razors Edge, user 107.3FM. Later replayed by Radio Atticus, national law and social justice show. Also replayed by ‘On The Money’, national business show, in January 2014.

Video Games and Wellbeing

Video Games and Wellbeing

Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Pokemon…it’s easy to think video games glorify violence and promote aggression.

However, a recent report by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre suggests just the opposite. “Videogames and Wellbeing” collects research over the past decade suggesting videogames can promote positive feelings, healthy relationships and higher self-esteem. According to many psychologists, they could also be a tool for treating illnesses.

Broadcast 26 July 2013, on Razors Edge, 2ser 107.3FM.