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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
Page: 1145

Senator CARRICK - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science, who is responsible for the administration of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Has the Minister's attention been drawn to a reported statement of Mr A. J. Grassby, M.P., that there is a concerted effort to replace CSIRO with research by contract with private industry? Is there any substance in this statement?

Senator WRIGHT - The statement of Mr Grassby is absolute nonsense. Over the last 10 years a 50 per cent expansion' in the numbers of CSIRO staff has occurred. Since 1960 the number of scientific staff has risen from a little over 1,400 to more than 2,200. No effort is being made to reduce the staff and there is no possibility whatever of reducing CSIRO activity in favour of private industry. Development of a relationship with private industry by contract is a different matter altogether and has been encouraged on several occasion's' with great utility to industry and to the organisation.

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