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The status of scientists in public opinion is discussed in relation to several areas of controversy. In England the social status of scientists is affected by long standing prejudices in society and the education system, and to some extent these views have had influence in Australia. It is suggested that the issues which give rise to public concern about science vary between countries, but that interactions of science with business and the perceived lack of openness in release of findings have undermined public confidence.

Changes in the publishing industry have profound consequences for the practice and accessibility of science. These changes have received little comment or analysis, but potentially have both positive and negative consequences. The application of new managerial approaches with short term vision to scientific research risks long term damage and may limit the ability of scientists to respond to public needs and concerns.

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Adam, P. 2004. Admiral Doenitz's legacy. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 125: 329-332.
Ashby, E. 1944. Frustration of Science. Sydney Morning Herald 21 June 1944.
Australian Academy of Science 2010 The Science of Climate Change. Questions and Answers. Australian Academy of Science, Canberra.
Beadle, N. C. W. 1981 The Vegetation of Australia. Gustav Fischer, Stuttgart.
Brenner, S. 1985. The rough and the smooth. Nature 317: 209-210.
Carson, R. 1962 Silent Spring. Houghton Mifflin, Boston.
Clover, C. 2004 The End of the Line: How overfishing is changing the world and what we eat. Ebury, London.
Collis, B. 2002 Fields of Discovery. Australia's CSIRO. Allen & Unwin, Sydney.
Cory, S. 2011. Science, maths and the future of Australia. National Press Club address, 28th September.
Cubby, B. 2011. Coal seam gas will be ‘essential’ for NSW. Sydney Morning Herald, 6 October 2011. Accessed online 7th October 2011 http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climatechange/coal-seam-gas-will-be-essential-for-nsw-20111005-1l9nl.html
Darling, J. R. 1939. Presidential Address. Growing Up. Section J. Education, Psychology and Philosophy, Report of the twentyfourth meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science. Canberra Meeting, January 1939. pp. 224-232.
Durant, J. and Gregory, J. (editors) 1993 Science and Culture in Europe. The Science Museum, London.
Gill, A. M, Groves, R. H. and Noble, I. R. (editors) 1981 Fire and the Australian Biota. Australian Academy of Science, Canberra.
Goldsmith, M. 1980 Sage. A life of J.D. Bernal. Hutchinson, London.
Gray, A. J. 2004. Ecology and government policies: the GM crop debate. Journal of Applied Ecology 41: 1-10.
Huxley, J. 1949 Soviet Genetics and World Science. Lysenko and the meaning of heredity. Chatto and Windus, London.
Jeffreys, D. 2009 Hell's Cartel: IG Farben and the making of Hitler's war machine. Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Jones, B. 2006 A Thinking Reed. Allen & Unwin, Sydney.
Klan, A. 2011. Is coal-seam gas worth the risk? The Australian, 24 September 2011. Accessed online 10 October 2011 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/is-coal-seam-gas-worth-the-risk/story-e6frg6z6-1226144884827
Lear, L. 1997 Rachel Carson. Witness for Nature. Henry Holt & Co., New York.
Lockwood, D. 2011. Marine Park argument makes little sense. The Sun-Herald, September 18 2011, p.35.
Macleod, R. (editor) 1988 The Commonwealth of Science. ANZAAS and the scientific enterprise in Australia 1888-1988. Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
Macleod, R. 2009 Archibald Liversidge, FRS. Imperial Science under the Southern Cross. Royal Society of NSW and Sydney University Press, Sydney.
Manning, P. 2011. Benefits of switch to CSG may not be all that they seem. Sydney Morning Herald, 8-9 October 2011. Accessed online 11 October 2011 http://m.smh.com.au/business/benefits-of-switch-to-csg-may-not-be-all-they-seem-20111007-1ldi4.html
O'Dea, M. C. 1997 Ian Clunies Ross.A biography. Hyland House, Melbourne.
O'Loughlin, E. M. (editor) 1980 Irrigation and Water Use in Australia. Australian Academy of Science, Canberra.
Perry, J. 1914. Presidential Address Section L. Education. Report of the eighty-fourth meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Australia 1914. pp. 592-608.
Potts, R. F. (editor) 1978 Transport in Australia. Australian Academy of Science, Canberra.
Rowan, D. 2011. Gas Ads must take real people seriously. Sydney Morning Herald, 14 September 2011. Accessed online 10th October 2011 http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/gas-ads-must-take-real-people-seriously-20110913-1k7l3.html?comments=28#comments.
Snow, C. P. 1961 The two cultures and the scientific revolutions. The Rede Lecture 1959. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Tabarrok, A. 2003. Productivity and unemployment. Accessed online 19 September 2011 http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2003/12/productivity_an.html
Townsend, I. 2010. Culture wars at CSIRO. ABC Radio National Background Briefing 15 August 2010 (transcript at http://www.abc.net.au/rn/backgroundbriefing/stories/20102977740.htm#transcript).
Waldegrave, W. 1993. Science, culture and government. Pp. 11-12 in Science and Culture in Europe, edited by J. Durant and J. Gregory. The Science Museum, London.
Watson, D. 2009 Bendable Learnings. The wisdom of modern management. Random House, Sydney.
Wersky, G. 1978 The Visible College. Allen Lane, London.
White, F. W. G. (editor) 1979 Scientific Advances and Community Risk. Australian Academy of Science, Canberra.
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