the abbott regime hates science...
The Dish — "in a sheep paddock" outside Parkes... Picture by Gus Leonisky.
“Parkes’ Biggest Event Since Gold Discovery”, screamed the headline of the Parkes Champion-Post one August day in 1958.
It reported that the previous evening, Richard Casey, the minister for Australia’s science agency, the CSIRO, had announced that a sheep paddock outside Parkes in western New South Wales would be the site of Australia’s new, £500m giant radio telescope.
Casey said that Australia had already played a pioneering role in the burgeoning field of radio astronomy. “With the aid of this giant radio telescope, Australian scientists will be able to maintain for us a prominent position in this new and important branch of science,” he said.
The telescope has spent more than half a century since picking up signals, perhaps none more important than a faint transmission in the late hours of 20 July, 1969. Famously, one-fifth of the world’s population watched Neil Armstrong’s first walk on the moon in grainy footage beamed from right here in rural NSW.
This month, the telescope featured in another Champion-Post front page, but it was a glummer story. It read that the Parkes observatory would not be spared from a $111m cut to CSIRO funding in the May federal budget. Staff numbers would be “scaled down” and more scientists would have to use the telescope remotely.
Meanwhile the Abbott regime finds some extra cash to fund "chaplains in public schools"... UGLY UGLY UGLY...