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Monday, 5 March 2001
Page: 24891

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

This petition of citizens of the Hunter region in NSW draws to the attention of the House, the short-sighted decision of the new Manager of the ABC, Mr Jonathan Shier in his decision to cut the Quantum program and the Independent Science Unit from the ABC.

Quantum has long played a vital role in bringing science into the living room of ordinary Australians. Quantum is the only program of its kind to be broadcast in Australia. In doing so, Quantum has not only `demystified' science but engendered widespread public interest in an area that is vital to the ongoing growth and development of our nation. In the light of the desperate need to attract more students to science and increase investment into this field, the decision to cut both Quantum and the Independent Science Unit is contrary to the national interest.

Our petitioners therefore request the House to instruct Mr Jonathan Shier to retain The Independent Science Unit and to retain Quantum in upcoming ABC programming.

by Mr Allan Morris (from 82 citizens).