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Ministers for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

MINISTER CONGRATULATES EUREKA PRIZE WINNERS

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has congratulated the winners of the Eureka Prizes, announced last night in Sydney.

Senator Carr announced the winners of two prizes - the Australian Government Eureka Prizes for Science Journalism and Promoting Understanding of Science.

The ABC Science documentary team of Richard Smith, Lile Judickas, Maria Ceballos-Wallis and Sonya Pemberton won the Eureka Prize for Science Journalism for their documentary Crude.

“This is science journalism at its best - informative, illuminating and thought-provoking,” Senator Carr said.

“Through this Eureka Prize the Australian Government is pleased to recognise and reward excellent science journalism in print, visual or radio formats. All play their role in keeping the public up-to-date on science issues and developments.”

The prize-winning documentary describes the history of oil deposit formation through the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and the changes this brought to the earth’s climate over millions of years. Importantly, it also examines the climatic implications of returning that carbon dioxide to the atmosphere through our current oil usage practices.

The Australian Government recognises the efforts of scientists who play a prominent role in public debate of the big issues, through its Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science.

“I was very pleased to award this year's prize for this category to Professor Richard Kingsford of the University of New South Wales. His outback river conferences have been very successful in encouraging community participation in rivers management. He has also been influential in promoting changes in government policy - for example in relation to management of the Paroo River in NSW."

“I would like to congratulate the Australian Museum for its commitment to administering and promoting the Eureka Prizes, which do so much to highlight contemporary science and scientific issues in Australia.”

Media contact: Catriona Jackson (Minister's office) 0417 142 238

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Senator the Hon Kim Carr

20 Aug 2008