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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 4062

(Question No. 4407)

Mr Coleman asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 20 August 1986:

1. Is he able to say

(a) what are the aims of the Massachusetts-based Nautilus Institute

(b) whether the Institute is formally linked to any university or similar academic institution and

(c) how many research staff work for the Institute

2. Is he able to identify any source of funding for the Institute.

Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

1. (a) The Nautilus Research Organisation, according to its own bylaws, is a non-profit research and educational organisation incorporated in the State of California, although it has an address in Leverett, Massachusetts. Its stated aims are to undertake high quality research and to conduct educational activities on problems of environmental quality and of import for future generations. It claims to be a non-partisan organisation, does not undertake any political activity and is forbidden from lobbying Congress.

(b) Nautilus claims to be a wholly independent entity with no formal links to any university or academic institution.

(c) Nautilus says that it has three principal researchers who are supported by office staff and, from time to time, additional research staff on a project basis.

2. According to Nautilus the financial support it receives comes from private American donors, grants from foundations, church support and the sale of research publications. Its revenue is reported each year to the State of California and to the United States Internal Revenue Service as required by American Law.