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Media Release
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment & Heritage
Member for Flinders
Greg Hunt MP

19 October 2005

Parliamentary secretary pays tribute to supervising scientist

Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage has paid tribute to the outgoing Supervising Scientist, Dr Arthur Johnston.

Dr Johnston retires this week after six years' service as the Supervising Scientist.

"The position of Supervising Scientist plays a vital role in ensuring that the environment of the Northern Territory's Alligator Rivers Region, which includes Kakadu National Park, remains protected from any potential impacts of uranium mining," Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said "Dr Johnston has had a distinguished career both as an academic and as a public servant. His early work was as a researcher and teacher in nuclear physics with the University of Glasgow and the Australian National University".

Dr Johnston joined the Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist in 1982.

"His research on radioactivity in the environment lead to the development of standards and procedures for protection of people from the effects of uranium mining" said Mr Hunt. He was Director of the Institute from 1989 until 1999 when he was appointed Supervising Scientist.

Dr Johnston was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2003 for outstanding public service in the development of environmental standards, particularly relating to Kakadu National Park, ensuring the highest levels of scientific integrity of the environmental research programme.

"After a long and distinguished career, I wish Dr Johnston and his wife May all the best for their retirement," Mr Hunt said.

Media Contact: Mr Hunt's office: Kristy McSweeney 02 6277 2276 or 0415 740 722

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