And a minister and department do what apart from waste precious money that should be given to the actual scientists.
And just which Minister, advised by which Department, will oversee this allocation of money to the scientists?
Here, here. Science at the end of the day will look after itself. At the end of the day, making more bureaucracy will not achieve anything except create pretend public service jobs.
Interesting idea - so Liberal Prime Ministers Menzies, Holt, Gorton, McMahon, Fraser and Howard were all wrong to have Ministers for Science. Good ol' Tony's the only one in step.
The notion of science looking after itself is so stupid as to be hardly worth a comment. However,I live in hope that 2301, the Honourable Minister for Cliches might, "at the end of the day", recognize a basic fact. Where do you think most research is done? Universities, hospitals, CSIRO et al, that's where. Funding of these will not look after itself. Who do you think lobbies the Treasurer for allocation of funding? Ministers do.