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Motions: Research and development

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (13:29): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 689 standing in my name for today.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate-
(a) notes that science and research are crucial to Australia's wellbeing and economy, but that funding for science, research and innovation is currently at a 30 year low; and
(b) calls on the Government to:
(i) put funding for research and science on a secure footing, with long-term legislated funding guarantees that last longer than the yearly budget cycle or the 3-year political cycle,
(ii) reverse the decision not to proceed with funding for the Future Fellowship program and guarantee that funding of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) will not come at the expense of other areas of the research and education budget, and
(iii) commit to an increase in science and research funding in the budget.

Question agreed to. 

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