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PRIMARY INDUSTRIES—AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH

Senator Payne, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 296—That the Senate—

 (a) notes and agrees with the comments of the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Mr Burke) when he called for all governments to refocus on agricultural research and development to boost agricultural productivity;

 (b) condemns:

  (i) the New South Wales Labor Government for eroding agricultural research and development institutions like Hurlstone Agricultural High School and the Glen Innes Research and Advisory Station, and

  (ii) the Federal Government's decision to axe funding to various Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation agricultural research institutions, such as JM Rendel Laboratory for livestock research in Rockhampton, Queensland, and the plant research laboratory in Merbein, Victoria; and

 (c) calls on the Federal Government to intervene and prevent the destruction of these institutions and to save the future of the Australian agricultural research and development sector.

Question put and passed.