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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

14 May 2002

Budget Support for Meteorology


"The 2002-03 Budget maintains the Howard Government's support for the Bureau of Meteorology and for the essential weather, climate, hydrological and oceanographic services it provides daily to all Australians," Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, said today.

"The Government has demonstrated its continued support for 'world class weather forecasting' and for the Bureau's key role in supporting national economic, social and environmental activities by allocating $221.48 million to the Bureau," said Dr Stone.

"This will allow the Bureau to continue to have essential input to climate change policy by observing and understanding how Australia's climate varies and changes.

"The Bureau will also place a high priority on meeting Australia's international climate change objectives, with a special focus on systematic climate monitoring, climate science and capacity building for Pacific Island Countries."

Dr Stone said the Bureau would also be able to advance other initiatives aimed at maintaining the quality of the National Meteorological Service and increasing public access to its services including:

"The continued support for the Bureau and its operations is in line with the commitment made by the first Howard Government Budget in 1996-97 to maintain and improve Australia's National Meteorological Service," Dr Stone said.

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