Today Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt told assembled Antarctic scientists, that they need to find a way of broadening their funding base – they will have to raise charitable and commercial funding, to supplement funds provided by the government.
According to Greg Hunt;
“Whether it’s in relation to the walrus population, whether it’s in relation to penguins, you can have iconic species which can attract community interest,”
Hunt announced that the Australian government is putting up a lot of funding – paying for a new Icebreaker, and several other projects – but not all the funding which was promised by the previous government.
According to Hunt, “Along with the Bureau of Meteorology super computer, the investment will approach $500 million, … that wasn’t funded. The cupboard was bare. The cupboard was empty when we opened the doors and came into Government.”
The new icebreaker could come in handy – next time Chris Turney mounts an expedition to the Antarctic, to measure ice loss (or not) around the site of the 1910 Mawson landing, he will be able to hire a real icebreaker, to ensure his party is not stuck in the global warming.
The Ship of Fools fiasco in Antarctica might have hasd something to do with this: