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Tuesday, 17 August 1993
Page: 15


Senator CALVERT —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

    (a)condemns the Minister for Science and Small Business (Senator Schacht) for his attempts to dismantle the Marine Laboratories of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and its Divisions of Oceanography and Fisheries;

    (b)recognises that Senator Schacht's ill-fated proposal which was against the advice of his own Department of Industry, Technology and Regional Development has seriously damaged Australia's international scientific reputation;

    (c)acknowledges that Senator Schacht's actions placed at risk the jobs of some 250 Tasmanian staff associated with the CSIRO Marine Laboratories and the $30 million which those organisations bring into the Tasmanian economy;

    (d)further recognises that Senator Schacht's proposal received nothing but condemnation from industry bodies, the scientific community, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and eventually his own Cabinet;

    (e)sincerely rebukes Tasmania's nine Federal Labor Members and Senators who, apart from Senator Coates, were prepared to sit idly by whilst Senator Schacht dismantled one of Tasmania's most prestigious scientific institutes;

    (f)requests the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) to immediately replace the gullible Senator Schacht in his portfolio because of the irreparable damage which his actions have done in creating confrontation between the Government and Australia's scientific community; and

    (g)calls on the Government to give an unequivocal assurance that the CSIRO's Division of Marine Laboratories located in Hobart will not be amalgamated and will never again be subjected to the type of ill-conceived and illogical attack waged by Senator Schacht.