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Thursday, 14 February 2013
Page: 1392

Government Investment in Research

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this House:

(1) affirms that science is central to our economy and prosperity and that government investment in research is central to maintaining and growing Australia's scientific capacity;

(2) notes the:

(a) growing concern amongst the science and research community about the security of funding; and

(b) risks to jobs and the economy if funding is not secured, especially in Victoria where much of Australia's health and medical research is conducted; and

(3) calls on the Treasurer to:

(a) guarantee that science and research funding will be protected this financial year; and

(b) rule out any attempt to defer, freeze or pause Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council, or other science and research grants in an attempt to achieve a Budget surplus.

Question agreed to.