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Science  23 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6186, pp. 792
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6186.792

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Australia's major research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), will see its budget cut by 5.4% and will have to lay off up to 420 employees under an austerity budget released last week by the nation's conservative government. CSIRO's astronomy and space science programs would be hit especially hard, receiving cuts of 10% to 15%. Some researchers are warning that the spending reductions will force Australian researchers to seek work overseas and make the nation less competitive. But government officials dispute those fears and note that the government is boosting spending in some areas of science.