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INDUSTRY, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, TRANSPORT, COMMUNICATIONS AND
INFRASTRUCTURE--STANDING COMMITTEE--REFERENCE

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator

Panizza--That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee

on Industry, Science, Technology, Transport, Communications and

Infrastructure for inquiry and report by the last day of sitting in

September 1994:

The adequacy and appropriateness of the operation, funding and

resourcing of research relating to rural industries by the CSIRO.

And on the amendment moved by Senator Coulter--

Omit all words after "inquiry and report", substitute "by the last

sitting day in 1994:

The adequacy and appropriateness of the operation, funding and

resourcing of research relating to rural industries by the CSIRO, in

particular:

(a) the structure and administration of CSIRO;

(b) sources and adequacy of research funding;

(c) the need for countercyclical Government funding to maintain long

term research;

(d) the influence of private funding on effectiveness and direction

of research;

(e) the benefit of rural compared with other research;

(f) the adequacy of the structure of commercialisation of research

results;

(g) the costs and benefits of commercialisation and the distribution

of those costs and benefits between the divisions;

(h) the effectiveness of communication between CSIRO and the

community; and

(i) any other matter bearing on rural research within the CSIRO".

Debate resumed.

Senator Coulter, by leave, amended paragraph (e) of the proposed

amendment to read as follows:

"(e) the cost benefit of rural research".

Debate continued.

Document: The Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator

Collins) tabled the following document:

Rural and Regional Development--Structural Reform Management

Group--Assessment of Portfolio Initiatives: Regional and Rural

Development--Copyof document prepared by Bruce Scott, MP, Shadow

Minister for Regional and Rural Development, dated 7 April 1994.

Debate continued.

Question--That the amendment be agreed to put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 40

Abetz Alston Baume Bell Boswell Bourne Brownhill Calvert Campbell Chamarette Chapman Coulter Crane Ellison Ferguson Gibson Harradine Herron Hill Kemp Kernot Knowles Macdonald, Ian Macdonald, Sandy MacGibbon McGauran Margetts O'Chee (Teller) Panizza Parer Patterson Short Spindler Tambling Tierney Troeth Vanstone Watson Woodley Woods

NOES, 25

Beahan Burns (Teller) Carr Childs Coates Collins Colston Cook Cooney Denman Devereux Evans, Christopher Faulkner Foreman Forshaw McKiernan McMullan Murphy Neal Ray Reynolds Schacht Sherry West Zakharov

Question agreed to.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.