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Monday, 9 May 1994
Page: 425

Senator SPINDLER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—


    (i)the effective decrease in the appropriation for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of approximately $15 million per annum over the next triennium, hidden in the White Paper on employment and growth released on 4 May 1994,

    (ii)the manner in which this effective decrease in funding was disguised as an increase in the Government's White Paper,

    (iii)the fact that this decrease was in direct contradiction of an assurance given in this chamber by Senator Schacht only one day before the White Paper was released, and

    (iv)the inconsistency between this cut in funding and Australia's need to foster innovation as a key competitive tool for industry, a need expressly stated by the Government itself in the White Paper; and

  (b)calls on the Government to maintain or increase the real level of total funding to the

CSIRO from the levels provided over the last triennium.