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Thursday, 21 November 2013
Page: 1041

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:03): My question is to the Minister for Industry. I refer the minister to the CSIRO, an organisation which is central to Australia's future prosperity for scientific achievement and innovation. Minister, why are 600 staff to face the Abbott axe?

Mr Hockey: They were your cuts.

Mr IAN MACFARLANE (GroomMinister for Industry) (14:03): As the Leader of the Opposition knows, management decisions on the CSIRO are decisions by the CSIRO.