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Passing of professor Peter Cullen AO.

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- MEDIA RELEASE - SENATOR THE HON. ERIC ABETZ Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

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A0818 14th March 2008

Passing of Professor Peter Cullen AO

Australia’s science community, and Australia as a nation, is poorer for the passing last night of Professor Peter Cullen AO, the Shadow Science Minister, Senator Eric Abetz, said today.

“Professor Cullen was one of Australia’s leading science figures”, Senator Abetz said.

“He will be remembered in particular for his leading role as a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists who were influential in focussing Government policy on Australia’s water crisis, especially in the Murray-Darling basin.

“Professor Cullen served for a period as a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, and was President of Australia’s peak science body, the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS)

from 1998-99 and in 2001.”

“Australia is poorer today for the loss of this leading scientist and science educator.”