In Australia, about the closest we have to a Science Minister these days is Greg Hunt, the Minister for Envirnoment.
Talking about a 20-year Antarctic Strategic Plan, released today, Australia's Environment Minister , Greg Hunt said:
"Whether it's in relation to the walrus population, whether it's in relation to penguins, you can have iconic species which can attract community interest,"
The ABC website commented dryly:
Although no walruses live in Antarctica, the Minister's commitment to preserve Antarctic biodiversity was welcomed by Antarctic researchers.