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Peacock queries Antarctic trip agenda

A leading Australian science official has questioned the purpose of a privately-funded Antarctic expedition that required 52 scientists, tourists and journalists to be airlifted from an ice-bound Russian ship.

Cooperative Research Centre Association chief executive Tony Peacock said he had never heard of the Australasian Research Expedition “until they got stuck in the ice in Commonwealth Bay over Christmas”. That’s interesting, as one the CRC Association members is the CRC for Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems, which has 21 national and global research partners.

Peacock has voiced his thoughts on the AAE expedition in a column headed Making Sense from the Snow and Mist, published on the CRC Association website. He says the expedition “failed to truly define whether it was a scientific expedition or a tourism adventure”.

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