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Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Page: 142


Dr SOUTHCOTT (Boothby) (13:58): Last Wednesday I was able to attend a special dinner to commemorate the centenary of the Peter Waite bequest to the people of South Australia. Peter Waite donated a large parcel of land, which is located in Urrbrae, for the purposes of agricultural education and research. It was a very far-sighted bequest and has led to the Waite Institute, which is one of the best examples of a cluster anywhere in Australia. The Waite Institute has an excellent international reputation in the area of agricultural research. There are nine partner organisations there, including the CSIRO, the University of Adelaide, the Australian Wine Research Institute, the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics and the Plant Accelerator. It attracts staff, PhD students and postdoctoral students from all around the world. It has been very important for our competitive advantage in the area of wheat and grains and in the wine industry as well.

The SPEAKER: In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has concluded.