|Arty farty photo of the rally taken by a friend of Thomas Tu, I'm not sure who|
A couple of days ago the rally in my city was held and whilst I couldn't make it (due to teaching obligations) my good friend Thomas Tu, with whom I started Disease of the Week (on which he has also written a post about this) a few years ago, has been heavily involved. You can find a radio interview he did on one of Australia's largest radio stations, Triple J, here (about a third of the way in) and below I have put a video of him giving a speech at the rally. he is standing on the steps of our city's Parliament House.
So what can you do if you can't make a rally or are in another country but want to show your support? Jump on the Discoveries need Dollars website or the Facebook page and 'Like' or follow the Twitter page and at all these places there is more info.
We are trying to make it a big issue here in Australia to protect our livelihoods and encourage more students into science careers and it makes it very difficult when not only is money taken away but when its predicted to affect early career researchers hardest.
If you can help and you care about medical research I implore you to do as much as you can.
I'll get off my high-horse now :)