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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 1714

Senator PRIMMER - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Science. In view of the experience over the proposed site for an institute of marine science at Cape Pallarenda in Queensland with regard to pollution, will the Minister have discussions with the Victorian Government on its proposals to site a similar institute at Portsea? Will not a similar problem arise at Portsea if the Victorian Government goes ahead with this scheme? Has the Minister read the case for the establishment of an institute in Western Victoria put forward by Dr O'Brien of the Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education? Would not this be a better area for a marine institute in view of its attributes? Has the Royal Society of Victoria declined to meet Dr O'Brien and other members of the Western Victorian Institute Committee to discuss their case? Have any plans been drawn up at a national level for the rationalisation of marine institutes in Australia? Will the Australian Government have any financial commitment towards the proposed institute in Victoria? Will the Minister discuss this matter of the siting of marine institutes with officers of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and, if necessary, ask that that body investigate the merits of all sites in Victoria so that we can be assured that the site selected will be the most advantageous from a national point of view?

The PRESIDENT - Order! That is a very suitable question to go on notice and that is where it goes.

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