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Marine science institute permanent council appointed



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Minister for Education and Science Parliament House Canberra, A.C.T. 2600 Telephone 73 1343

Press Information For Release

' ' ' EMBARGO EMBARGO . JUNE 25'72

■ (NOT FOR PUBLICATION BEFORE RELEASE DATE)

MARINE SCIENCE INSTITUTE PERMANENT.

' COUNCIL APPOINTED

, , Establishment by the Commonwealth Government of ,

the internationally important Australian Institute of Marine

Science at Townsville will proceed as rapidly as possible

following the appointment. of the permanent council,,

• The five-man council was announced today by the

Minister for Education and Science, Mr. Malcolm Fraser.'

He said the government was determined to create

a marine research institute equal to any of its type in the

world.

■Members .of the permanent council, which would be

responsible for establishing the institute, had been chosen

for their eminent scientific qualifications and outstanding

experience. .

They are:

Sir Henry Hasten, C.M.G., M . A . D . L i t t (Hon),

. (Chairman), a former■chairman of the Australian

Universities Commission.

Dr. K.J.C. Back, M„Sc., Ph.d., Vice-Chancellor

of James Cook University of Northern Queensland..

Dr. M.F.C. Day, B.Sc., P h .D ., F.A.A., Member of the

Executive of CSIRO,,

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Professor AoRo Main, B.Sc., Ph . D ., F.A.A., Professor

of Zoology at the University of Western Australia.

Professor B.R. Morton, B.A., M.ScV, Ph.D .^ 'Professor

of:Applied Mathematics at Monash University.

One of the first duties of the permanent council will

be to recommend a director of world standing for the institute.

Its location will be on Commonwealth, land at Cape .

Pallarenda-near Townsville where a fully equipped laboratory

will be progressively built.

Initially studies will be carried out into the

Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Sea, and adjacent coastal

waters. .

During the early stages vessels will be chartered

and eventually an 80 ft oceanographic craft will be bought.

· · Mr. Fraser said the government had allocated $8

million for the institute over the next.five years, and .

believed that it would make a major contribution to marine

scientific knowledge.

FURTHER INFORMATION: COLLIN MYERS . . PRESS SECRETARY

Tel:' 733261 (A.h. 81 5220)