Dr Peter Ridd: Institute for Policy Science Quality Control: Application to Great Barrier Reef Science
Institute for Policy Science Quality Control: Application to Great Barrier Reef Science.
Dr Peter Ridd
34 Mango Avenue, Mundingburra, Townsville
The Problem: Some of the science upon which governments base expensive decisions is not as reliable as it needs to be. This problem is particularly acute for the science of the Great Barrier Reef where it is likely that some of the funds to save the reef will not be spent on the most urgent environmental problems. It is also possible that some legislation that is based on questionable science will result in little environmental benefit but will cause significant costs to industry.
Set aside 1% of the recently announced $500 million “Reef Rescue” funds to set up an “Institute of Policy Science Quality Control” that would do truly independent checks on GBR Science.
Allocate 5% of the $2 billion per year funding for the Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council to checking, testing, and replicating “Policy-Science”
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