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DEATH OF PROFESSOR FRANK FENNER, AC, CMG, MBE, FAA, FRS

The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Senator Carr), also on behalf of Senators Mason, Milne and Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved government business notice of motion no. 3—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the passing of scientist and scientific historian, advocate and philanthropist Professor Frank Fenner, AC, CMG, MBE, FAA, FRS on Monday, 22 November 2010;

 (b) acknowledges the immense contribution Professor Fenner made to Australian and world science, society and wellbeing, both as a virologist who oversaw the eradication of smallpox internationally and the control of rabbit populations in Australia with the myxoma virus, and as a passionate advocate for science in Australia, including as a scientific leader at the Australian National University and as an active and generous foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, to which he was elected in 1954; and

 (c) expresses its condolences to Professor Fenner's daughter Marilyn and her family, and his many close friends and colleagues on the passing of this brilliant, generous and passionate Australian researcher.

Question put and passed.