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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7545


Senator ALSTON (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) (3:00 PM) —On 9 December, Senator Forshaw asked me a question without notice about bushfires in the Sutherland Shire and about a competition being conducted to find a name for the replacement research reactor now under construction at the Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre. I undertook to provide additional information and I seek leave to incorporate the following response in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The document read as follows

The Minister for Science has provided the following additional information in relation to the question asked by Senator Forshaw:

The premise of the question and the supplementary question are incorrect. ANSTO works closely with emergency services agencies. On Thursday 5 December, emergency services agencies advised that, in order to facilitate traffic management on access roads in the area, non-essential personnel should leave the site early. The Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre was not under direct threat from bushfires.

Contrary to the imputation by Opposition Senators, replacement research reactor construction contractors INVAP and the John Holland-Evans Deakin joint venture donated the prizes for the competition to name the reactor of their own volition, and were not responding to any contractual requirement.