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Tuesday, 6 February 2018
Page: 264

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Senator WHISH» - «WILSON» (Tasmania) (16:23): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the funding for the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) runs out mid-2019,

   (ii) a Liberal Government policy change is preventing the CRC from reapplying for funding to allow them to continue their research,

   (iii) at least 70 jobs in Hobart are on the line if the Antarctic CRC is not able to reapply for funding,

   (iv) the lack of clarity about the future is putting pressure on scientists to leave Hobart for job security, and is impacting on planning and implementation of research projects, and

   (v) the work undertaken by the CRC is critical to help Australia and the world to understand current and future potential impacts of climate change; and

(b) calls for the Government to reverse its CRC policy decision that prevents the Antarctic CRC from reapplying for funding.