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Federal government to decide on MFP by September



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MINISTER FOR

D^iCSTOY, TECH1MOLOOY and CQMfiMJ'ERO SENATOR JOHN BUTTON

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SUNDAY .26 MAY 1991 59/91 .

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DECIDE ON MFP BY SEPTEMBER

The Federal Government will make a final decision on

_ Commonwealth participation in the MFP-Adelaide project by.

September, the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce,

• Senator John Button, said today. ·

• The Minister welcomed the Report of the MFP-Adelaide Management

Board which indicates the project is viable.

But he stressed that no final decision on its future had yet .

been made. · '

Senator Button agreed with the Board's assessment that the MFP

could 'help ensure Australia's involvement in industries which

would play an important role in the 21st Century, industries

such as education, environmental management and communications.

"The Australian public now has the opportunity to express their

views on the Management Board's detailed findings on both the

economic and environmental implications of the MFP," he said.

"There has already been an .extensive program of ..consultation · ;

with the public on the project.. The Management Board's report,

published today, provides another opportunity"for people to get

involved.. Anyone who wants to comment should get in touch with

the MFP Community Consultation Panel." . .

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Senator Button said the Government would make its final decision

on Commonwealth participation after it had examined reports from

both the Management' Board and the Consultation P a nel. ·

‘The Minister said the MFP would only go ahead as a national and international project.

"If we are to proceed, the MFP will draw on linkages and

expertise across Australia and overseas," he said.

"We have already seen that in the preparation of the Management

Board's report. Although based in Adelaide, the board has

consulted widely. Members of the project's International

Advisory Board from Asia, North' America and Europe have made an

important contribution."

Copies of the Management Board Report are available from the

MFP-Adelaide Task Force, 63 Pirie Street, Adelaide 5000.

CANBERRA . Contact:

Senator Button's Office (06) 277 7580

Sandra Eccles . .

Mike Roberts (03) 417 6026 (h)

Department of Industry, Technology and

Commerce

Peter Moore (06) 276 2166