Australia — Job cuts at Australia’s frontline science agency will hurt the nation’s ability to combat the threat of deadly bushfires, according to CSIRO staff.
The jobs of up to 1400 scientists and researchers at the organisation are on the line under a hiring freeze imposed on the public service imposed by the Abbott government.
The CSIRO Staff Association said on Thursday that the cuts will impact Australia’s ability to undertake cutting edge science that improved the everyday lives of millions of Australians.
CSIRO Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski, said that the job losses would impact a range of life-saving research and science that improve the everyday lives of millions of Australians.
“Recent examples of CSIRO innovation are as diverse as Australia itself from new software to more accurately predict the spread of bushfires to a new process enabling three-dimensional printing of customised shoes for racehorses,” Mr Popovski said.
“Our smartphones are powered by Wi-Fi technology pioneered by CSIRO.