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The Hon. Barry O. Jones Minister for Science, Customs and Small Business.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Science and Technology.

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Graeme O'Neill, of the Melbourne Age, and Nonran Swan, of ABC

Radio Science, are the winners of the 1983 Michael Daley Awards

for Science and Technology Reporting.

Mr O'Neill and Dr Swan were presented with their prizes of. .

SI,000 each at a ceremony in Melbourne today by the Minister for Science, Customs and Small Business and Minis- : er Assisting the Prime Minister for Science and Technology, Mr Barry Jones.

The Michael Daley Awards are sponsored jointly by the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce, and the CSIRO. They are

named in memory of Michael Daley, former Executive Producer of

TV Science for the ABC, who died in May 1982 aged 41.

This year's award - the fourth to be offered - was for material published or broadcast during 1988, and attracted 31 entries

from 14 journalists.

Graeme O'Neill's winning entry in the Print category was for "A

new weapon against viruses", a feature article on the technology

of gene shears published in The Age on 22 August 1988.

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Dr Swan won the Electronic Media category for 'Take the heart and run', broadcast on ABC Radio's 'The Health Report' on .

8 February 1988.

Highly commended in the Print category was Bob Beale, of the Sydney Morning Herald for a series of features in The Good Weekend magazine.

Beyond 2000 reporter Chris Ardill-Guinness was highly commended in the electronic media section for 'Rad nosed reindeer', dealing with the effects of the Chernobyl disaster on the Saami v reindeer herders of Lapland.

Mr Jones said that the judges had also considered Dr Swan's now famous Walkley-Award-winning Science Show feature, 'Scientific fraud and Dr William McBride', to be an outstanding piece of science journalism, because of the painstaking research involved and its great public interest. However, it was ineligible for this award because it was first broadcast in


Mr Jones said that as part of its science and technology funding package, the Government had set aside $5 million over the next five years to improve public awareness of science. ί ;

"I commend and thank all the entrants in this award for helping to spread the word about science and technology," Mr Jones said.

"Some of the extra money announced last week will be used to further encourage excellence in the reporting of science and technology. I hope to announce details soon.

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”I am sure that the resurgence of interest in science and technology will mean that the next Michael Daley Awards, due to be presented at next year's ANZAAS congress in Hobart, will attract an even larger number of entries, and maintain the very high standards of science journalism evident in this year's entries.

"I also endorse the judges' recommendation that we should encourage more articles on the relevance of science and technology to our economy.’

A copy of the judges' report is attached

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