Australia has long had a reputation for producing some of the best scientific research, and it is now finding out that the country is not doing so well in terms of its ability to produce the most accurate science.
In an exclusive investigation for ABC News, we examined the scientific research that has been undertaken in Australia’s schools, and how it has been misused and distorted by government and industry.
It is a story that has taken on renewed importance after the coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted a call for improved oversight.
We have examined how Australian science is being misused, and what the answers are to why Australia has the most dangerous level of airborne contamination.
The key questions to ask are: Has Australia ever produced the most reliable science?
Is the country producing a level of science that is safe?
Are Australian scientists truly in control of their own destiny?
For our investigation, we looked at the scientific literature on asbestos in school buildings and found that while some of it is being used to support government policy, there is also a huge amount of scientific uncertainty around the safety of asbestos.
Our report also highlighted a long history of research in Australia that was based on unreliable data, which means it has a huge impact on policy and legislation.
This article first appeared on the ABC News website.
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