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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 774


Senator HARRADINE(4.11) —I move:

That the Senate take note of the paper.

A number of features of this report need to be explained more fully than they are in the report. The report is very short on detail of the types of projects to be engaged in by the fellows who have been awarded fellowships. I am not in a position at present to detail the projects that need elaboration. I simply feel that some questions should be asked of those responsible for the national research fellowships scheme, particularly how they came about their priority areas of national interest. I would be interested to know about a particular priority area of national interest-namely, biomedical technology. The Senate will appreciate that, under the distinguished chairmanship of Senator Michael Tate, the Senate Select Committee on the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985 undertook a substantial examination of this question. It may well be that the committee responsible for setting the priority areas of national interest made its decisions prior to the Select Committee reporting to the Parliament. Nevertheless, there are a number of other matters that I would like to pursue, particularly in respect of the individual awards. It is my intention to request, as I am entitled to do as a member of the Senate, the details from those responsible in this area and then I will be in a better position to comment on this report. I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.