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PETER McGAURAN MP Commonwealth Minister for Science

Media Release

CSIRO SUPPORT

12 May 2003

Further to a number of totally misleading stories in the media today, regarding the CSIRO, please find below an extract from the Treasurer, the Hon Peter Costello during a doorstop interview at Parliament House, Canberra, this morning Monday, 12 May 2003.

JOURNALIST:

In higher education will you be re-packaging the money or can we expect a big funding boost for the sector?

TREASURER:

Well, I think the most important thing about higher education is firstly it will be a big structural reform, big changes in terms of the way in which universities will operate. More flexibility, more focus on students so that students will be able to choose and in addition to that, in order to fund those reforms we will be allocating new money, yes we will. But we will be asking the universities to reform themselves quite considerably in order to achieve those objectives.

JOURNALIST:

Will they be taking on any of the research roles of the CSIRO as part of that review?

TREASURER:

No, the CSIRO is the Government’s premier scientific research organisation which this Government has increased the funding of over successive budgets, has increased funding over successive budgets, a point that people ought to look at very carefully. We have made the CSIRO a real priority.

For further information contact:

Gemma Allman, Minister McGauran’s office 0408 971 708