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Thursday, 18 October 1984
Page: 1927

Senator REID —(Australian Capital Territory)- I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) registers its abhorrence of the recent budgetary cutbacks which affect immediate and critical, as well as long term, planning and scientific research at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation;

(b) recognises that we are in the midst of a technological revolution which will continue to affect all societies, particularly in industrial, economic, employment and social spheres, and Australia cannot afford to be left behind other nations of the Western world;

(c) stresses concern that the Federal Government's off-hand treatment of science and technology could well place our nation into a Third World category;

(d) is astounded that the Federal Government lightly accepts an excess of $800m for the cost of Medicare over and above the compulsory one per cent levy, but refuses to consider reshuffling its priorities in other areas to allocate the desperately needed $9m for CSIRO to maintain its basic research programs; and

(e) calls on the Federal Government to give urgent consideration to reviewing such critical funding for the CSIRO.