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                           CALL FOR VOTES
				UnModerated newsgroup

Newsgroups line(s)	Discussion of science in Australia

PROPOSER: David Bromage <dbromage at>

Votes must be received by Tue Apr 16 17:48:24 1974

This vote is being conducted by ausadmin. For voting questions contact
ausadmin at For questions about the proposed group contact
David Bromage <dbromage at>.


A non-authoritative newgroup message for "" was issued in March
1996. As there was no discussion prior to its creation, it was very poorly
propogated. This RFD proposed the formal creation of

Recent surveys by the CSIRO and The Melbourne Institute have shown that
the Australian public is as interested reading about science as reading
about sport, and more than economics and politics. In particular,
topics such as genetically modified food, health and medical
research, the environment and renewable energy have been identified
as topic which the public consider to be important.

To enable open discussion about these issues, the formal creation of is proposed.

Additional third level hierarchies (e.g.,,,,,, etc) may be added as the need arises. archives show over 8000 articles in sci.* newsgroups have posted
from accounts ending in *.au since 1 August 2000. also shows 5000
articles in sci.* newsgroups mention Australia in the same period. A
conservative estimate is that 10% of this level of traffic, either
redirected or new, could be carried by some months after
establishment and propogation, i.e. approximately 80 articles per week.



The newsgroup is for the discussion of science in Australia. Topic
include, but are not limited to:
- - general discussion of scientific issues relating to Australia
- - science education at primary, secondady and post-secondary levels
- - science funding and policy
- - new discoveries
- - employment and careers in science
- - science and society
- - announcements of conferences
- - announcements of scholarships

Disciplines which may be discussed include, but are not limited to:
- - agricultural sciences
- - astronomy, astrophysics and other space sciences
- - biological sciences
- - chemical sciences
- - electronics
- - engineering
- - environmental sciences
- - geology and earth sciences
- - genetics
- - mathematical sciences
- - medical and health sciences
- - physics
- - psychology
- - zoology

Discussion on these topics should be specific to Australia. More general
scientific discussions should be directed to mainstream sci.* newsgroups.

Discussion of computers and the Internet should be directed to the
relevant existing aus.* newsgroups.

One off or infrequent announcements of a scientific nature are acceptable.
This includes announcement of conferences, workshops and seminars,
availability of scholarships, and calls for papers.

One off job advertisements are acceptable within reason, subject to review
if such traffic becomes heavy.

For profit advertising, HTML postings and binaries are not permitted.


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