[Editor: This untitled item, regarding the intention of the Australian government to set up a organisation dedicated to scientific and industrial research (later to become the CSIRO), is an extract from the “Notes” section published in Nature (London, England), 2 September 1915.]
The action of the Government in assigning a sum of about 30,000l. for the development of scientific and industrial research seems likely to have an important influence in British possessions overseas.
The Commonwealth of Australia is apparently prepared to expend whatever sum is necessary to establish and administer an institution for such research, even if the cost amounts to half a million.
The Morning Post of December 24 makes this announcement, but no details are given; and it is not clear whether the Premier of the Commonwealth expressed the intention of his Government to put aside the amount named for an institution of scientific research in relation to industry, or only gave a general assurance that such an outlay would be forthcoming when believed to be necessary.
We shall look with close attention for the announcement that the substantial sum mentioned in the report has actually been granted for the establishment of a national laboratory in Australia.
Nature (London, England), 30 December 1915, p. 484 (column 2)
This article pre-dates the setting up of the CSIRO and its predecessors in Australia (see the notes below).
Commonwealth = the Commonwealth of Australia; the Australian nation, federated on 1 January 1901
CSIR = the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, a scientific research organisation funded by the federal government in Australia; the CSIR was renamed as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in 1949
See: 1) “Our history”, CSIRO
2) “CSIRO”, Wikipedia
CSIRO = the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, a scientific research organisation funded by the federal government in Australia
See: “CSIRO”, Wikipedia
Premier = the person who ranks first in importance, position, or rank; the leader of a country, state, or province; the leading politician (the premier politician) of a country; (in the context of the Commonwealth of Australia) the Prime Minister; in modern Australia, the term “Premier” is normally used to refer to the head of a State government, whilst the term “Prime Minister” is normally used to refer to the head of the Federal government; prior to Federation, the head of an Australian colony could be referred to as “Premier” or “Prime Minister” (the leading Minister), although the terms “Colonial Secretary” and “Chief Secretary” were also used (depending on the arrangement or structure of the colonial government)
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