I am writing to you about a new organisation called “Friends of CSIRO” which has been recently established.
Friends of CSIRO has been formed in response to the ongoing cutbacks to CSIRO’s funding over recent years, including the $111m cut in the 2014 budget, and in particular, the recent announcements that CSIRO will cut 350 jobs in a number of divisions, including from the crucial Oceans and Atmosphere and Land and Water divisions.
Friends of CSIRO has members in Qld, NSW, Victoria and the ACT and is quickly becoming a national organization. It is growing rapidly as the public expresses its opposition to the CSIRO cutbacks. Friends of CSIRO will be campaigning in the coming election campaign to reverse the job and funding cuts to CSIRO.
A Facebook page has been established – see https://www.facebook.com/friendsofcsiro/
and a website built. Letters to all political parties are being prepared, asking each party will they commit to restoring recent funding cuts and opposing the severe staff cuts recently announced.
I would like to urge you to add your name and email to the contact list for Friends of CSIRO. Please send your Name, City, and Email to friendsofcsiro
If you would like to be involved in helping to organise Friends of CSIRO in Brisbane, please let me know by RSVP email
Please forward this email as widely as possible.
We will keep you informed of any developments.
Thanks and regards
(former CSIRO scientist, now retired)
0408 782 983