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Thursday, 29 May 1997
Page: 3939

Senator STOTT DESPOJA —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   5 June 1997 is World Environment Day,

   (ii)   the recent budget cuts to the Energy Research and Development Corporation (ERDC) will result in a further downgrading of research and development into alternative technologies, and

   (iii)   at the very time when world demand for renewable energy options is increasing in response to climate change, Australia is reducing its capacity to supply those markets; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

   (i)   retain support for the ERDC and continue its funding at current levels, as per its election promise, and

   (ii)   adopt policies which address the challenges of the future, instead of ignoring them.