Thursday, 9 February 2006
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
- That the Senate—
- the announcement by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) that it will redirect its energy research work away from renewable energy towards ‘cleaning up’ coal, a priority of the Australian Government,
- a breakthrough in solar energy technology, developed by the CSIRO and a private company, with a turbine that has the potential to replace coal-fired power stations in 20 years, and
- that the CSIRO has had to look offshore for investment funding to advance its work on the solar turbine technology; and
- calls on the Australian Government to re-prioritise its policy and funding objectives to provide more support for renewable energy so that Australian breakthrough research is not forced offshore for further development and commercialisation.