Australia determined to beat SA on SKA
Canberra - Australian Science Minister Chris Evans says his government remains committed to beating South Africa in a close tender process to host the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope.
A consortium of 20 countries will announce as early as April whether SA or a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand will be chosen to host the €1.5bn ($2bn) radio telescope comprising over 3 000 antenna dishes.
Evans said on Wednesday that Australia is "still absolutely committed to winning the bid".
The telescope will be used for research into fundamental unanswered questions about the universe, including how galaxies evolve and how the first black holes formed.
The telescope is being paid for by 67 organisations in 20 countries and a recent scientific panel review has thrown its weight behind SA to host the instrument.