Burnet staff turn out to support NHMRC rally

Burnet Institute

11 April, 2011

Burnet staff join the thousands of protesters at the Rally for Research in April.

Burnet Institute staff joined thousands of their peers on the steps outside the State Library to hear from patients and their families likely to be impacted by the expected $400 million cut to the NHMRC budget.

A woman living with Parkinson’s disease told of her battle of dealing with a condition that has no cure, but lived everyday in hope that medical researchers would make a breakthrough.

The crowd stood silently listening to a woman’s account of her brother’s struggle with motor neurone disease. She implored the medical research community to continue in their quest to find a cure for the debilitating and tragic disease and hoped that the proposed NHMRC cuts would not extinguish that.

Also addressing the crowd, was the Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt, who guaranteed the audience he would do everything in his power from the floor of parliament to stop the proposed cuts by the Gillard Government.

Bandt’s address received thunderous applause from the crowd, especially when he reiterated the Greens would approach the Federal Treasurer to ensure that medical research funding was not cut in the next Budget, but actually increased.

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