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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 3969


Mr Lynch (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Science the following question, upon notice:

(1)   Does the Government intend to establish a National Institute of Oceanography.

(2)   If so, what will be the:

(a)   objectives of the Institute and

(b)   the estimated cost of establishment.

(3)   Has the Government taken any action to establish the Institute.

(4)   If so, what action has been taken.


Mr Morrison (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Science) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

As will be known, an Australian Institute of Marine Science is to be developed in North Queensland. Action by the Government to expedite development of this Institute was outlined in my statement to Parliament on 11 April 1973 (Hansard, House of Representatives, pp. 1314-15). Establishment of the Institute is an important step in developing and extending marine science in Australia. A national program in marine science properly balanced in respect of physical oceanography, marine biology, marine geology, etc., and between research in temperate and tropical waters, is sought. Consideration is being given to the desirable nature and timing of further steps towards that goal, including the provision of adequate resources for the purpose.







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