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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator GORTON - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows -

1.   Among the powers and functions of the C.S.I.R.O. set out in the Science and Industry Research Act are -

The recognition or establishment of associations of persons engaged in any industry for the purpose of carrying out industrial scientific research and the co-operation with, and the making of grants to. such organisations when recognised or established.'

A research association is likely to succeed only if there is substantial support for it within the industry concerned. C.S.I.R.O. has therefore been ready to discuss the possibilities of establishing research associations with representatives of industry but has considered it essential that the initiative should come from industry rather than from C.S.I.R.O. In the past two years discussions have been held with representatives of several industries and further discussions are continuing. Within this period the Leather Industry Research Association has been formed, following the cessation of activities of the earlier Australian Leather Research Association in 1960, on a basis more satisfactory to the industry and C.S.I.R.O. This Association is supporting a research programme related to leather manufacture in the C.S.I.R.O. Division of Protein Chemistry, Melbourne.

2.   The research associations which have been established by industry and recognised by C.S.I.R.O. are as follows-

Australian Leather Research Association.

Bread Research Institute of Australia.

Australian Wine Research Institute.

Australian Coal Association (Research) Ltd.

Leather Industry Research Association.

3.   All of these research associations are still in operation with the exception of the Australian Leather Research Association which, as mentioned above, was replaced by the Leather Industry Association in1960.

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