Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Amendment Bill

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…To the vast majority of us, nuclear science can seem incomprehensible. Say the word ‘nuclear’ in Australia and thoughts of nuclear weapons will be immediately invoked in many people’s minds. It will immediately trigger debate and, for some, concern. But people rarely think of the more benign and beneficial aspects of nuclear research. However, this bill encourages us to do just that and provides greater flexibility to promote nuclear research and direct collaboration with universities via minor amendments to the legislation of 1987, which established, and continues to govern, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, ANSTO, as a corporate Commonwealth entity. The amendments reflected in this bill are necessary not just because of the positive outcomes and direct impacts here in Australia but also in light of Australia’s longstanding participation in this science..’

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