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Tuesday, 7 June 1994
Page: 1393

  Debate resumed from 6 June, on motion by Senator Panizza:

  That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and Infrastructure for inquiry and report by the last day of sitting in September 1994: The adequacy and appropriateness of the operation, funding and resourcing of research relating to rural industries by the CSIRO.

upon which Senator Coulter had moved by way of amendment:

Omit all words after "inquiry and report", substitute "by the last sitting day in 1994:

The adequacy and appropriateness of the operation, funding and resourcing of research relating to rural industries by the CSIRO, in particular:

(a)the structure and administration of CSIRO;

(b)sources and adequacy of research funding;

(c)the need for countercyclical Government funding to maintain long term research;

(d)the influence of private funding on effectiveness and direction of research;

(e)the benefit of rural compared with other research;

(f)the adequacy of the structure of commercialisation of research results;

(g)the costs and benefits of commercialisation and the distribution of those costs and benefits between the divisions;

(h)the effectiveness of communication between CSIRO and the community; and

(i)any other matter bearing on rural research within the CSIRO".