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NT RESEARCH FACILITIES SHORT-LISTED FOR COMMONWEALTH FUNDING

Two proposals involving the Northern Territory are amongst a short-list of major research facilities which are to be considered for $155 million in Commonwealth funding, the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, announced today. 29 June 2001

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NT RESEARCH FACILITIES SHORT-LISTED FOR COMMONWEALTH FUNDING

Two proposals involving the Northern Territory are amongst a short-list of major research facilities which are to be considered for $155 million in Commonwealth funding, the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, announced today.

Announced as part of Backing Australia’s Ability, the Major National Research Facilities Program received 86 applications for funding from across Australia, in the fields of biotechnology, IT, engineering, and physical and chemical sciences.

Following assessment by an expert panel, two proposals for research facilities in the Northern Territory have been selected for interview, with a final decision on the successful applicants to be announced in August.

The projects proposed for the Northern Territory include the Arafura-Timor Research Facility, to be developed by the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

“The Northern Territory stands to gain a potential benefit from the Arafura-Timor Research Facility proposed by the Australian Institute of Marine Science.  This project would assist facilitate strategic management and conservation of the marine and coastal resources and ecosystems of the Arafura and Timor Seas,”  Senator Minchin said.

“The Major National Research Facilities Program is about identifying the scientific infrastructure that Australia needs to build leading edge research capabilities.

“The standard of proposals for funding from the Northern Territory was excellent.  Unfortunately some very good proposals have not been short-listed, due to the high quality of many of the applications.

“My Department will assist unsuccessful applicants investigate whether alternative funding, both public or private, could be available to make their projects a reality.

“While our Government is getting on with delivering policies to build the Northern Territory’s research base, Kim Beazley mouths the empty rhetoric of Knowledge Nation but still has no innovation policy.

“A report Kim Beazley released last fortnight admitted that Labor left Australia in 1995 with the second worst record for investment in knowledge amongst 12 leading OECD nations.

“Labor ignored science for 13 years - no amount of Knowledge Nation rhetoric can disguise it,” Senator Minchin concluded.

A list of short-listed applicants, with descriptions and contact details is attached.  For more information on the MNRF Program and other Commonwealth innovation initiatives, visit the AusIndustry website at www.ausindustry.gov.au.

Contact:  Jennifer Eddy, Senator Minchin’s office, 02 6277 7580

Colin Hickey, AusIndustry, 02 6213 6432

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Headquarters in Northern Territory Title of Proposal Facility

Location Contact Title Contact Phone

Number

Summary

1072 Arafura - Timor Research Facility Darwin Professor Stephen

Hall

07 4753 4490 Aims to facilitate strategic commercialisation, sustainable management and conservation of the marine and coastal resources and ecosystems of the Arafura and Timor seas.

Nodes in Northern Territory Title of Proposal HQ Contact Title Contact Phone

Number

Summary

1068 Australian Collection Network for Plant Protection and Quarantine Research

ACT Dr Rob Floyd 02 6246 4089 Addresses the national interest to identifying plant pathogens;  strong in management terms; network collection of agriculturally important insects for research.

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