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Thursday, 15 September 1983
Page: 896

Mr KENT —My question is directed to our excellent Minister for Science and Technology. Will the Minister advise the House of preparations which have been made for the National Technology Conference to be held later this month?

Mr BARRY JONES —The National Technology Conference will be held in Canberra from 26 to 28 September. The opening ceremony will be performed by the Prime Minister , which will immediately get us off to a great start. Second in the batting order will be the Minister for Science and Technology. Other Ministers who will be speaking are the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and the Minister for Industry and Commerce. We have a very distinguished group of speakers from Australia representing industry, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the academies and the professions. We are looking for a new direction in which this country can move between now and the end of the twentieth century. We will also have some very interesting speakers from overseas, such as Professor James McAlear who is the developer of the bio- chip and Professor Tom Stonier from the University of Bradford. There has been an enormous demand from all sections of the community to attend. We have had to restrict the numbers to about 140. The conference will be very adequately reported in the Press. I hope that an opportunity will be found for us to debate the conclusions reached by the conference, which I think will be of great value to the community.