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34    Science and Technology—National Science Week 2015

Senator Carr, at the request of Senator Moore and pursuant to notice, moved general business notice of motion no. 826—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   that National Science Week 2015 runs from 15 to 23 August 2015,

                 (ii)   the importance of inspiring and supporting young Australians to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and

                (iii)   that science and research are critical to building the jobs of the future;

    (b)   congratulates the organisers of the 1 500 National Science Week events around the nation, aimed at engaging Australians of all ages with the wonders of science; and

     (c)   condemns:

                  (i)   the short-sighted cuts to science and research in the Government’s first two budgets, totalling more than $1 billion,

                 (ii)   the Government’s attempts to undermine Australia’s publicly-funded research agencies, by slashing funding and jobs, including overseeing the largest job losses at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in the organisation’s history,

                (iii)   the complete failure of the Government to understand and advocate for basic research, which delivers new knowledge and underpins technological innovation, and

                (iv)   the total lack of vision or commitment on the part of the Government when it comes to creating and sustaining the jobs of the future.

Debate ensued.

At 6 pm : Debate was interrupted while Senator Edwards was speaking.

General business concluded.