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Innovation, Industry, Science and Research: Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary


The nation has lost two of its great researchers and scholars over recent days, with the untimely deaths of Professor Peter Cullen and Professor Greg Dening.

"Professors Cullen and Dening have played a large part in shaping the nation we live in and they will be greatly missed," Senator Carr said.

"Professor Cullen was one of Australia's most celebrated scientists.

"He played a major role in promoting and informing public debate about land and water use over a 45 year career in which he made a real difference.

"In 2004 he received an AO for his work in developing policy in freshwater ecology and natural resource management, as well as educating the community and politicians on these critical national issues. He was a prominent member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and renowned as a forthright and independent thinker and speaker.

"He will be greatly missed by fellow scientists and researchers and by the Australian community."

Senator Carr said Professor Dening was a distinguished historian who played a significant role in telling the story of our region, with particular expertise in the Pacific and contact between indigenous and non-indigenous cultures.

"He has influenced generations of younger historians.

"He was as an original thinker and scholar, and a mentor of emerging historians and other social thinkers."

The Government would like to express its condolences the families of Professor Cullen and Professor Dening.

Media contact: Catriona Jackson, Minister's Office, 0417 142238

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Senator the Hon Kim Carr

14 Mar 2008

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