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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
Page: 2651

Mr HALLETT (CANNING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Education and Science. Is it a fact that there has been a cut in the sheep research projects being carried out by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation? If so, can the Minister say how many personnel have been transferred from sheep research to other projects? To what extent have the cuts been made in research funds previously available for this work? Will the Minister ensure that sheep research projects are not reduced but in fact expanded in areas where research is required to resolve many questions? 14211/ 72 - /f - f 1 001

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - Firstly, there has been a re-organisation of some of the activities of the CSIRO. One of the reasons for the re-organisation is the reduction in the wool research funds available to the CSIRO. That, of course, as the honourable gentleman would know, was an industry decision. But additional funds have been made available by the Commonwealth Government to build up the research moneys to the levels that would have prevailed had the price of wool remained higher and moneys been available to a greater extent from the wool research funds. The reorganisation that has taken place within the CSIRO has not taken research workers outside of the primary industry-rural area. There has been some re-organisation within the primary industry-rural area. I am, and will bc, having some discussions with the Minister for Primary Industry concerning future emphasis on wool research and other research related to agricultural industries. There has not been any basic reduction in the agricultural research, but there has been some movement from the wool area into other agricultural areas.

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