[ASC-media] New SmP flag flies in Canberra

Toss Gascoigne a102588 at pophost.anu.edu.au
Mon Oct 13 09:45:43 EST 2003

New science flag launched

A new flag to celebrate the "Science meets Parliament" Day event will be
launched today (Monday) by Science Minister Peter McGauran.

The flags will fly from 80 flagpoles in Kings Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue
during  "Science meets Parliament", which takes place on October 14-15.

Mr McGauran will hoist the first flag on the Questacon flagpole at 10 am on
Monday 13 October.  The flags measure 3 metres by 1.5 metres.

The event brings 260 scientists into Canberra for one-on-one meetings with
members of Federal Parliament, to discuss the national investment in science
and technology.

Dr David Denham, Vice-President of FASTS, said that only five out of 226
federal Parliamentarians had a background in science.

"We need to build better links between science and Parliamentarians," he
said.  "We have found that MPs are really interested in talking science.

"They want to know what science and technology can deliver, and more about
the possibilities for new industries and solutions for environmental

The top three issues MPs have nominated for discussion are:
* Water - a critical resource'
* Overcoming soil loss, acidity and salinity
* Frontier technologies - new industries of thefuture

 The issues were taken from a list of 17 topics in the national research

This will be the fifth annual SmP meeting, and the biggest yet. Registration
numbers are noticeably higher than last year, with 25 more Parliamentarians
and 80 more scientists participating than in 2002.

Media are invited to attend the launch.

Place:              Questacon front steps, King Edward Terrace,
Parliamentary Triangle.

Time:              10 am, Monday October 13

Information:  Will Blake (FASTS)  (02) 6257 2891; 0405 067 129


Mr Toss Gascoigne
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PO Box 218, Deakin West, ACT 2600 AUSTRALIA
Phone: (02) 6257 2891
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