Government spends $1.75m on galaxy-gazing in Australia

New Zealand taxpayers have forked out $1.75 million since 2010 on a “next generation” radio telescope being constructed in Western Australia. 

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) aims to provide “answers to age old questions concerning the very beginnings of the universe and the nature of dark matter.”

Documents obtained under the Official Information Act show the government contributed $363,503 in 2010/2011, $588,492 in 2011/2012, $402,959 in 2012/2013 and $401,671 from 2013 to March 31 this year to SKA. 


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