Military scientists and engineers have appealed directly to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to stop the spending cuts they say are weakening Australia’s ability to defend itself.
Professionals Australia, in its capacity of representing hundreds of technical workers in Defence establishment says the cuts to science and engineering will eventually cost lives on the battlefield and leave Australia a weaker military nation.
Hundreds of Defence scientists and engineers have backed the appeal to the Prime Minister to ease off on the cuts.
Professionals Australia says about 100 of Australia’s top military scientists and engineers have left the Defence Department, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and the Defence Materiel Organisation in the past year through redundancies and natural attrition.
Read coverage of this issue in the Sydney Morning Herald, Military scientists and engineers appeal to Tony Abbott to stop the spending cuts, by Noel Towell, Wednesday 2 July 2014.