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Thursday, 28 February 1985
Page: 296


Senator COLLARD —by leave-I move:

That the Senate take note of the statement.

Having just received a copy of the statement, I must say that we welcome the fact that there has been a government response to the report that was brought down on 30 November 1982. After a brief look at the statement, I do not say that we are happy with some of the responses from the Government. A lot of it concerns the work of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. In Queensland at this time there is a lot of concern about one of the studies being undertaken by the CSIRO, concerning the setting up of a unit in Townsville for the study of nutritional aspects of animals, which was supposed to cost $700,000. An amount of $230,000 was given for the study in 1982-83. No money has been given since, and as a result it is not going ahead. I understand that the number of scientists involved in rural research between 1975 and 1983 dropped by 14 per cent, while the total number of scientists in the CSIRO has increased by 17 per cent. This, of course, is of great concern to the people in rural Australia. As I have said, on just looking very briefly at the statement, I do not think we will be too happy with some of the responses. We welcome the fact that after some time a response has been brought down. I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.