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Joint Media Release
The Hon. Peter McGauran, MP, Minister for Science and Technology
Senator the Hon. Robert Hill, Minister for the Environment

More Access to Marine Environment via Internet

4 July 1997

Australia's marine environment is now accessible to all, particularly students, through the new Reef Education Network web site.

The Minister for Science and Technology, Peter McGauran, welcomed access to a rich and abundant source of marine environment data.

"State of the art communication technologies will reinforce the message that science is not just a school subject," Mr McGauran said. "It will prove that science applications provide great benefits to us all."

The site, an initiative of Sydney University's Coral Reef Research Institute, is a contribution to the 1997 International Year of the Reef.

During the launch, Murder under the Microscope, an associated eco- game on the internet was introduced. It is expected to attract up to 30,000 young players a year.

The Reef Education Network web site and Murder under the Microscope are part of the concerted national effort to reverse the lack of interest in science and engineering shown by high-achieving school- leavers.

Support for the initiatives has been provided from both the Department's Science and Technology Awareness Program and Environment Australia's Coasts and Clean Seas.

For further information, contact
Carmel Christensen, 03 9650 0377; 0419 996 766

For further information on Coasts and Clean Seas, contact
Margaret Tailby, 06 274 1967

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