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Full Coverage: PM’s Pre-Budget R&D Announcement

Gordon Campbell: On Sir Peter Gluckman, And The Govt Science Package For Business

This week, Sir Peter Gluckman was hard at it justifying the government’s $321 million science r&d package over the next four years, $225 million of which is new funding.

A hard sell, given the package happens to be less than half the size of the former government’s $630 million science research package. In particular, this new, commercially-focused initiative will remove $96 million from the existing budgets for research into health, social issues and the environment and press it into the direct service of business. More>>

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Scoop Audio & Report: PM’s Pre-Budget R&D Announcement

Farmers and firms will be the big winners in this year’s Budget with an extra $225m in science, research and technology funding, Prime Minister John Key announced today.

Key told a crowded room of reporters, researchers and Wellington businessmen at Te Papa this morning the Government would allocate a total $321m to the sector over the next four years.

Key said the money would focus on fostering research and development in the private sector and finding commercial applications for Crown research. More>>

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