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

Science focus for Australia's Antarctica


14th May 1997

Science's share of the monies allocated for Australia's Antarctic effort has again increased this year, according to the Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the Australian Antarctic Division, Senator lan Macdonald.

Senator Macdonald said that this year 22% of the Divisions budget was directly associated with science and scientific research.

This is up from about 14% five years ago.

"The increase recognises this Government's ongoing commitment to ensure that the money which Australians spend on the Antarctic is directed increasingly to worthwhile scientific programs.

"Whilst infrastructure and running costs of maintaining our Antarctic presence are high, we have managed again to devote a considerable amount of our budget towards science."

"Our Antarctic research makes a significant contribution to our understanding of global climate change.

"As well our scientific knowledge assists generally in environmental management in the southern hemisphere and increases Australia's international influence in Antarctic affairs."

Commonwealth of Australia