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2011 Federal budget campaign

In 2011, the Australian Government was facing one of the toughest budgets in many years. Having made a commitment to bring the budget to surplus by 2012/13 and with the added pressure of a multibillion dollar natural disasters clean up, the government needed to find savings across many areas.

Discoveries Need Dollars was formed to bring together supporters of medical research from throughout the Australian community, to tell the Australian Government that protecting medical research funding is an investment in the future health of Australians.

As rumours of the budget cuts spread in early March 2011, tens of thousands of Australians voiced their support for medical research by signing petitions, writing letters to politicians and using social media. Thousands also marched in Rallies for Research across the country. 

Our supporters' messages were simple: medical research saves lives. Medical research brings hope to patients. Australians want medical research funding protected.

Discoveries Need Dollars 2011 campaign in numbers (as at 10 May 2011)

The Australian Government ultimately protected medical research funding in the 2011-12 budget. Congratulations and thanks to all of our supporters who took action to protect research. Your voices were heard.