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Notice given 28 January 2009

1231  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research—With reference to the article ‘Asteroid shield “our only hope”’ on page 44 of The Guardian Weekly of 19 December 2008, which stated that a group of leading scientists, the International Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation, has urged the United Nations to establish a network to search for asteroids on a collision course with Earth, will the Government: (a) support the scientists’ call for such a global network and response plan; and (b) contribute funding to a network and response plan.