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Synchrotron funding long overdue: Bandt

Greens MP and science spokesperson Adam Bandt has welcomed today's announcement of continued funding for the Australian Synchrotron saying it is long overdue.

Mr Bandt said the eleventh hour funding would enable the Synchrotron to continue, but the stand off between the State and Federal government shouldn't have been allowed to threaten the viability of the research facility.

"This $95 million in funding is long overdue. The Greens have been pushing for this issue to be resolved and we were concerned that continued funding could be scuttled by the squabble between the State and Federal governments," Mr Bandt said

"Support for fundamental research such as this is central to innovation, which will underpin our economy and prosperity into the future."

 "The Greens want to see the government set a target for Australia's public and private R&D spending of 3 per cent of GDP."

The Australian Synchrotron is a source of highly intense light ranging from infrared to hard x-rays used for a wide variety of research purposes. Sited in Melbourne, Victoria It is the largest stand-alone piece of scientific infrastructure in the southern hemisphere.

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