We’ve just learned who will sit in the new Abbott Ministry, but one of the most notable exceptions is the position of Science Minister: no such position will exist in the Cabinet from the looks of things. The full list can be found here (PDF), but it looks like we’re about to live under a science-free nation.
We’re learning as it develops that the Science Portfolio will fall under the remit of the Industry Minister, namely, Ian Macfarlane.
Australia won’t get a Science or Youth minister, but we will get a Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of the ANZAC and a Minister for Sport. Update: we don’t want to sound like we don’t care about ANZACs. We love our Diggers and praise their efforts at keeping our nation safe in tumultuous times.
Should Australia have a bespoke Science Minister?