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AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND SCIENCE COLLABORATION APPLAUDED

17 June 2003

Australian and New Zealand researchers were applauded for their collaborative links today during a meeting between the Federal Science Minister, the Hon Peter McGauran MP, and the New Zealand Parliament’s Select Committee on Education and Science.

The meeting was held as part of the Select Committee’s involvement in the Australia/New Zealand Committee Exchange Program. The Committee will also be meeting with Australian research organisations and the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator.

"Collaborative activities between our two

nations have continued to grow and broaden into innovative activities in recent years to the benefit of both of our countries," said Mr McGauran.

The linkages have included involvement in one of Australia’s premier science programs, the Cooperative Research Centres Program. In the recent round to select new Centres, two of the successful Centres include New Zealand researchers. Notification of the outcomes of the selection round was made in December 2002.

Mr McGauran also commented that he remained keen to see science linkages continue to increase. Mr McGauran and the Committee discussed some emerging initiatives between the two countries that would help achieve this goal.

For further information: Fiona McDonald (Minister McGauran’s office) 0419 622 915