Today, Malcolm Turnbull owes the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) scientists an explanation as to why he is happy to disrespect and undermine their expertise and skills by supporting the pork barrel relocation to Barnaby Joyce’s own electorate.
The Turnbull Government talks big on innovation but then is happy to let Barnaby Joyce pork barrel the relocation of the APVMA to his own electorate at any cost.
Malcolm Turnbull also talks big on budget repair but then is happy to waste tax payer dollars of up to $60 million to support Barnaby Joyce’s pork barrel. This funding could be used to strengthen and build upon the work undertaken by the scientists at the APVMA and much more.
The APVMA is where some of our most highly respected regulatory scientists work to ensure that the pesticides and animal medicines used in Australia are both effective and safe. Their expertise and years of training have been disrespected at every stage of the dysfunctional relocation process undertaken by Barnaby Joyce.
Science is fundamentally about people and the people who work at APVMA have been treated as if their expertise and dedication is of no value to our agriculture sector, human and environmental health.
Labor welcomes and supports the aims of the March for Science, an international movement advocating for the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge.
The March for Science, will play a critical role in building a movement to yet again place science at the centre of public policy.
Malcolm Turnbull can show leadership and his genuine support to the science community by reversing Barnaby Joyce’s dysfunctional decision to relocate the APVMA to his own electorate.