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Government Must Reverse Cuts to CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory

Following the Senate voting in favour of a Greens’ motion on CSIRO cuts today, Deputy Greens Leader and Science spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said the Government should immediately reverse cuts to CSIRO’s AAH Laboratory, which conducts research into Avian Influenza, SARS, the Hendra virus and most recently Ebola.

“The Government must now immediately reverse its $111m cuts so that CSIRO’s AHHL can operate at its full capacity,” said Mr Bandt.

“The Government’s cutting of AAHL funding is particularly counterproductive because, with the world faced with these particularly pernicious diseases, AAHL needs more support, not less.

“This is yet another example of Tony Abbott’s regressive Budget cuts undermining our national interest,” said Mr Bandt.

Motion of text:
Senator Di Natale successfully moved the motion in the Senate:
That the Senate—
(a) notes recent cuts to jobs at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), which conducts research into infectious diseases such as Avian Influenza, SARS, the Hendra virus and most recently Ebola; and
(b) calls on the Government to reverse the $111 million cuts to the CSIRO contained in the budget.

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