‘Follow the science’ isn’t a covid-19 strategy | Health/Science

Anyone observing President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. would have good reason to wonder if his administration ever had much of a strategy for handling it. Recently the press accused one of his medical advisers, Scott Atlas, of promoting a “herd immunity strategy” amounting to letting COVID-19 run rampant. Atlas denies this, but a more important issue is what our strategy is, or should be, and what Joe Biden’s strategy would be if he’s elected.

As it turns out, neither man has put forward much of a plan.

Biden’s promise to “follow the science” does not amount to a strategy. It’s just a slogan. A strategy to deal with the pandemic needs to set priorities and incorporate values that science isn’t equipped to provide.

Science can give insights into the nature of the pandemic, but there is no scientific formula pointing to a solution. Any

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Defence Science and Technology to cut 111 jobs – Strategy

The Department of Defence is planning to cut more than 100 staff from its research and development arm, known as the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) revealed the proposed job cuts on Thursday, which represent just under eight percent of DST’s total workforce.

The cuts will impact a total of 111 positions within six of the seven research division at what is Australia’s second largest public-funded R&D organisation after the CSIRO.

Only the cyber and electronic warfare division has been spared, according to documents sighted by iTnews.

The intelligence, surveillance and space division, martime division and aerospace division are the hardest hit, accounting for 76 of the “voluntary” redundancies.

Almost all the positions on the chopping block are located in South Australia (60) and Victoria (44), with the remainder situated in NSW and the ACT.

CPSU said the cuts were

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Indigenous education strategy failing remote communities

Indigenous education strategy failing remote communities
A game of football being played on country. Credit: Wayne Quilliam

A policy of remote Indigenous students boarding ‘off country’ to advance their education opportunities is having the reverse effect.


The findings came in a major report, the first of its kind and led by Dr. Marnie O’Bryan and Dr. William Fogarty from the Center for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at The Australian National University (ANU), examined the educational outcomes of young people from a remote community in the Northern Territory over 10 years.

Worryingly, it found large numbers of high school students dropping out in their early teens, very low literacy levels, no high schools for them to attend and no educational alternatives.

The study found remote-living young people had no option but to leave home and attend boarding schools away from their communities for their secondary education.

The majority of students dropped out in years seven and

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