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Martyn Evans - CSIRO Job Cuts Put National Economy At Risk

http://www.alp.org.au//media/0501/memscsir070501.html Wednesday, 09 May 2001

CSIRO Job Cuts Put National Economy At Risk Martyn Evans - Shadow Minister for Science and Resources

Media Statement - 7 May 2001

The long-term trend at the CSIRO under the Howard Government has been a steady decline in the employment base of around 1000 positions which can only threaten our economic future, Shadow Minister for Science, Martyn Evans said today.

"While the Government has been building up the Taxation Office to cope with the bureaucratic demands of the GST, vital agencies like the CSIRO have been forced to cut staff, placing at risk the morale and effectiveness of our premier science research agency," Mr Evans said.

"The Government has been able to find the funds to employ several thousand new tax officers but when it comes to the CSIRO, their budget has been cut to the point where the only source of funds to maintain competitive salaries is to cut the employment base.

"Without this essential scientific research work, Australia faces a bleak future and our prospects as a Knowledge Nation will fade with the job prospects of the staff at CSIRO.

"As the nation celebrates our Centenary of Federation, we must remind ourselves of the institutions which helped to consolidate our economic base. The CSIRO is one such agency with a long and proud record of innovation and discovery.

"The Howard Government must ensure that this significant year in our history as a nation is not seen in years to come as the beginning of the end for our science based agencies like CSIRO," Mr Evans said. Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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