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Federal Budget 2016


The Federal Budget announced an additional $100 million for geographical modelling of mineral, petroleum and groundwater resources, and $200 million over 10 years for Antarctic research. However, there were no direct budget measures relating to CSIRO.

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“The government is maintaining support for the science budget: the Academy is pleased to see this indication of a long-term commitment to science in Australia.

“We warmly welcome the announcement of additional funding for Australia’s Antarctic program. Australia is a leader in Antarctic science, and it’s great to see a long-term commitment like this.

“I’m delighted to see this major new investment from the Australian government to undertake new modelling of mineral resources... Our mineral wealth has helped to sustain long-term economic growth in Australia. This announcement will help us find new mineral deposits and has the potential to deliver long-term economic gains for Australia.”

Prof Andrew Holmes is the President of The Australian Academy of Science.

“The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) announced as part of the 2014 Budget was a big win for our sector, and important recognition of the critical role it plays in our economy, and the health of the community, through improved diagnostics and treatments, and tremendous savings to the health system.

“Hopefully this additional funding will reassure many concerned medical researchers that they have a future in Australia, after a recent survey by Professional Scientists Australia found four out of five medical researchers were considering leaving the sector due...

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