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Australia in international push to host SKA telescope

Chris Evans, Australia’s science and research minister, will lead a delegation to China and Italy designed to promote Australia’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope.

He will be accompanied by Western Australia’s science minister, John Day, and New Zealand’s minister for economic development, Steven Joyce.

They will meet Italian and Chinese colleagues to reinforce Australia’s science and technical credentials for hosting the mega-science project, the government said on 11 February

”Australia, and our project partner New Zealand, are more than ready to host the SKA and this visit demonstrates our commitment and determination,” Evans said.

Visits to the Netherlands and the UK have also been planned ahead of the vote in late April or early May, in which Australia is up against South Africa.