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Media Release

 

Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism

 

17 April 1998

 

098/98

 

MINISTER APPLAUDS AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE SUCCESS STORIES

 

Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism, John Moore, today visited one of Australias top-flight CSIRO research fac ilities to launch a publication that highlights our nations scientific excellence.

 

Inspired by the ground-breaking achievements of CSIRO staff and research partners, Beyond Science: Managing Projects for Success contains nine outstanding case studies. Copies of the booklet are available from the CSIROs Service Centre on 1300 363 400.

 

Science is adding to our wealth as a nation and is improving the standard of living of every Australian, said Mr Moore.

 

There are two, vital threads running through all the stories in this book, said Mr Moore.  One, is the excellence of Australian science.  The other, is the partnership between industry, science and Government.

 

Through the Federal Governments Investing for Growth policies, $1 billion has been committed to business innovation. This is real, financial support to enable the development and commercialisation of new products and processes which will drive economic growth and job creation for Australia, Mr Moore said.

 

Case studies contained in the book include:

 

.  a breakthrough anti-flu drug based on CSIRO research which will be on the market soon;

. an estimated $5 billion in new gold discoveries, unearthed through innovative exploration techniques;

. the energy source of tomorrow - solid oxide fuel cells - being trialed by a consortium of Australian power and manufacturing companies;

. Australias $1.7 billion cotton industry, 93% of which is based on cotton varieties developed by the CSIRO; and

. a major advance in magnesium smelting that could make Australia a world leader in the component industry.

 

There is also information on Australias cutting edge work on the detection of new diseases, better management of water resources, and world class advances in astronomy.

 

The CSIRO facility visited by Mr Moore is loca ted at Pinjarra Hills in Brisbane. The Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) is internationally known for its research in the mining, energy and manufacturing fields.  In November last year Mr Moore approved expansion plans for QCAT involving a construction budget of $24 million.

 

 

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