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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1695


Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Edu cation and Science, upon notice:

(1)   Have instructions been issued for a reduction in the staff establishment of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation at Geelong.

(2)   Have similar instructions been given to other Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation establishments.

(3)   If so, are these instructions a result of the Government's anti-inflation campaign.


Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No.

(2)   Yes. Because of problems associated with primary production and, concomitantly, the funds available from statutory Agricultural Industry Fund sources, the Executive of CSIRO is conducting a special review of priorities and research programmes. Resulting from these reviews, there have been variations in the establishments of certain of the Organisation's laboratories - both as between Laboratories and in absolute terms. It is to be noted, however, that the Executive has determined that any adjustments will be made without retrenchment of staff.

(3)   No.







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