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The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

 

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology

 

Correspondence and inquires:

Committee Secretary

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Techno logy

R1 116

Parliament House

CANBERRA ACT 2600

 

Tel (02)6277 4594

Fax (02) 6277 4516

E-mail: ist.reps@aph.gov.au

 

Media Release

 

Monday 22 June 1998

 

Inquiry into the effects on R&D of public policy reform

Public hearing, Canberra

 

The Hon Bruce Reid MP (M ember for Bendigo), Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, today announced that the Committee would hold an additional public hearing for its inquiry into the effects on R&D of public policy reform in Canberra on Thursday 25 June 1998 (1.00pm, Committee Room 1R6) . The Committee will take evidence from the Department of Industry, Science and Tourism.

 

Mr Reid said “corporatisation, privatisation, outsourcing and competition policy are reforms which, over the past ten years, have affected nearly every area of Commonwealth and State government service delivery. The changes may affect the level of R&D being conducted not only in the public sector but also in the private sector. The effects may be intentional or unintentional, beneficial or undesirable. We intend to assess the impact of those policy changes.”

 

The inquiry will assess the effect of public policy reform over the last ten years on: the amount of R&D being carried out in Australia, the nature of the R&D being undertaken (that is, basic or applied), the relevance of the R&D to the commercial needs of industry, the level of investment in research infrastructure and equipment, the scientific and technological skills base and the demand for scientists, technologists and engineers, and the education and training opportunities for future research staff.

 

 

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