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CONSULTATION ON RESEARCH PRIORITIES MIN 39/02, 31 May 2002

Australians will be asked to comment on the future priorities for research spending as part of a community consultation initiative launched today by Federal Minister for Science Peter McGauran.

Mr McGauran said the public meetings would start in both Adelaide and Hobart on Tuesday, June 4, and form a key part of the process to set national priorities for Australia’s research effort.

A consultative panel, chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Robin Batterham, is keen to hear from business, universities, research agencies, State and Territory governments and members of the general community.

"The panel wants to hear from everybody who has anything to say about priorities for research spending in this country," Mr McGauran said.

"We want to see a debate on this issue and these public hearings should ignite the discussion.

"The nine members of the panel are all leaders in their fields and see national priorities as enabling Australia to better exploit its competitive advantages, while achieving wider economic and social goals.

"The recently released Issues Paper sets out an approach that will build on and complement Australia’s existing research and innovation system.

"We propose a model based on broad themes and underpinned by specific areas of research priority - areas recognised by all Australians as essential to achieving our shared goals and aspirations.

"This is a unique opportunity for us to develop a vision of where we want Australia to be in five, ten or even 15 years from now."

The meetings will be held throughout June in all capital cities as well as regional centres: Kalgoorlie, Albury-Wodonga, Armidale and Townsville.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend the meetings and there is no need to register.

More information is available on the National Research Priorities Taskforce website http://www.dest.gov.au/priorities.

For further information contact: Darren Chester (Mr McGauran’s office) on 02 6277 7440 Virginia Cook (DEST) on 02 6240 9518

NATIONAL RESEARCH PRIORITIES - PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS Adelaide Tues, 4 June 2002 10.00am - 1.00pm The University of Adelaide,

Union House ("Cinema", enter via Victoria Drive near footbridge)

Hobart Tues, 4 June

2002

11.00am - 2.00pm Hobart Conference Centre, Elizabeth Street Pier (Gretel Room)

Perth Wed, 5 June 2002 9.00am - 12.00pm Exchange Plaza Conference Room, 2 The Esplanade (level 8)

Kalgoorlie Wed, 5 June 2002 6.00pm - 9.00pm Mercure Hotel Plaza, 45 Egan Street

Brisbane Thurs, 6 June 2002 10.30am - 1.30pm Stamford Plaza, Cnr Margaret & Edward Streets

(River Room)

Melbourne Wed, 12 June 2002 9.00am - 12.00pm The University of Melbourne, Elisabeth

Murdoch Theatre (Gate 3, Swanston Street)

Armidale Wed, 12 June 2002 10.30am - 1.30pm The University of New England, Drummond/Smith

College, Elm Avenue (Main seminar room)

Sydney Thurs, 13 June 2002 9.00am - 12.00pm Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo (Coles

Theatre)

Darwin Tues, 18 June

2002

2.00pm - 5.00pm Novotel Atrium, Cnr Peel Street & The Esplanade (BrolgaRoom)

Albury/ Wodonga

Wed, 19 June 2002 11.00am - 2.00pm Albury Convention & Performing Arts Centre,

Swift Street

Townsville Wed, 19 June 2002 11.30am - 2.30pm Museum of Tropical Queensland, 70-102

Flinders St, (Panasonic Theatre)

Canberra Thurs, 20 June 2002 9.00am - 12.00pm CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Acton

(Optus Theatre)