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Thursday, 23 March 1972
Page: 858

Senator MULVIHILL - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science. Is it true that theOronulla marine laboratory of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's Division of Fisheries and Oceanography faces eviction in August? Where does the Minister expect the laboratory to be transferred to? Is it a fact that considerable delay has occurred in the procurement of a ship for the field operations of the laboratory?

Senator WRIGHT - The permissive occupancy that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization's Division of Fisheries and Oceanography had at the Cronulla site is due to expire on 31st July this year. Discussions as to arrangements after that date are being held between the State Government and the Commonwealth Government. Pending the outcome of the talks with the New South Wales Government as to the Cronulla site, discussions in relation to several alernative sites outside New South Wales have taken place. A proposal for the acquisition of an oceanographic research vessel was submitted in July 1971 and the necessary detailed investigation of the proposal is proceeding at present.

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