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.
No Journos Allowed!
Let’s call a public meeting, but not invite any journos.
Hang on – does that make it a public-private meeting?
Well that appeared to be the case earlier this week when the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade initially barred all journalists from attending a stakeholder meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Sydney. DFAT allowed media workers back in eventually, but only as private citizens and under the condition of not reporting any content from the meeting.
As Rachel Worsley reports, media advocates claim this is suppression of information from the public, but others say it’s important to ensure that important trade information between countries doesn’t get compromised by unwanted public attention.
Filmed on Election Day 2013, September 7 2013. I was sent on NewsDay to cover the efforts of Jaymes Diaz to win the electorate of Greenway in western Sydney.
Science Ministers condemn cut to science ministry
Published 23rd September 2013, for Stackd Magazine.
Science left out of Abbott Cabinet
Published 23 September 2013 for Reportage Online.
Kevin Rudd Saves Labor’s Electoral Furniture in Queensland
Queensland has surprised many political experts this election, with the predicted wipeout of the Labor Party failing to materialise. But in the Senate, Queensland may become a melting pot for the political centre and far-right. Rachel Worsley looks at the federal election results from Queensland.
Published 9 September 2013, part of the Federal Election Coverage for Reportage Online, specialising in Queensland.