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Peter McGauran MP Shadow Minister for Science and Technology Federal M em ber for Gippsland

FREE MISFIRES ON MARINE SCIENCE

In its latest bid to manipulate the electorate, the Federal Government has launched a scare campaign on the Coalition's Science and Technology policy.

Science Minister Ross Free has claimed the Coalition will dismantle Australia's marine science research effort.

But the Opposition's spokesman on Science and Technology, Peter McGauran, said today the Minister had intentionally misrepresented the Coalition's plans,

Mr McGauran said the Minister had based his claims on working drafts of the Coalition's Science policy which had been distributed widely through the science community for consultation.

"The documents show the Coalition is committed to building Australia's marine science research capacity.

"It also shows the Coalition is actively seeking ideas and options from grassroots organisations and professional scientific bodies."

Mr McGauran said the Coa'ltion's working documents could not be represented as fixed policy positions.

"The proposal to integrate the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) with the marine research facilities at James Cook Univcrsh - crescntc a policy option and nothing else. ·

"The concept allows for the creation of an international size, competitive marine science institute based at Townsville.

"But the viability of the initiative is being evaluated by the science community and university groups tnemselves."

Mr McGauran said the Coalition's Science and Technology policy was still in the early draft stages and had not been finalised.

"The policy will not be released ur til the Coalition has exhausted consultation with the scientific community."

For further information, contact Peter McGauran. (03) 347 0164 September 2, 1*92

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