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Media Release
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers
for the Environment, Sport, Territories
and Local Government

Antarctic Research Recognised As Priority


20 August 1996

"The allocation of $61 million in the 1996-97 Federal Budget underlines the Howard Government's strong commitment to Australia's role in the Antarctic," Senator Ian Campbell, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Antarctic said today.

In announcing the continued funding, Senator Campbell said that the Government recognises the importance of scientific research into global climate change undertaken in the Antarctic and reaffirms Australia's presence on the continent.

"The 1996-97 Federal Budget will provide Antarctic science with a boost with the addition of five extra research positions for the Australian Antarctic Division," Senator Campbell said.

Under this years science program, the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) will undertake studies into:

"Results from AAD research will be used this year to promote internationally recognised harvesting limits for krill," Senator Campbell said.

This summer will see an extended Antarctic shipping program with six voyages between August and April next year.

In addition to resupplying our three continental bases:

"Australia will continue to build on its impressive international reputation in Antarctic research.

"Projects funded this year will help further our understandings of Antarctica's influence on the world's climate and environmental system," Senator Campbell said.

For further information, please contact:

Mark Elliot (Office of Senator Campbell) 06 277 3955 or 0419 238 747

Rex Moncur (Director, Australian Antarctic Division) 002 323 209

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