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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 406

Mr Les McMahon (SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 26 March 1980:

What Commonwealth funds, have been made available for research into solar energy for the past 5 years?

Mr Anthony - The Minister for National Development and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Funds provided by the Commonwealth for solar energy research for the past 3 years are as follows: 1976- 77- $ 1. 6m 1977- 78- $1.5m(approx.) 1978- 79- $2.5m (est.)

Details for the 2 years prior to 1 976-77 are not available as a breakdown of funds allocated to technology areas is not available for all Commonwealth organisations.

The 1976-77 figures are derived from 'Energy Research and Development in Australia 1976-77 - A National Survey' which was published by the Department of National Development in 1978.

The 1977-78 and 1978-79 figures are based on information provided by the major Commonwealth organisations involved in funding and/or undertaking solar energy Research and Development.

The current Project SCORE Survey, being conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, will provide more accurate information on expenditure on solar energy Research and Development in 1978-79. Results of the Survey are expected to be published in the second half of 1 980.

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