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Wednesday, 1 December 1976


Mr Garrick (BATMAN, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for National Resources, upon notice:

(1)   Are Australian scientists being sponsored by the Atomic Energy Commission to receive training in the United States of America in general nuclear technology.

(2)   If so, does this training include the processing of nuclear power and the manufacture of plutomom which can be usedin atomic bombs.


Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Australian Atomic Energy Commission has one research scientist attached to the Stanford Research Institute in the United States of America undertaking research into applications of radioisotopes. No other Australian scientist is being sponsored by the Australian Atomic Energy Commission for training in the U.S.A.

(2)   No.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Question No. 1311)


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

What is the reason for the inordinate delay that has occurred between the date on which Australia signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the date on which the Covenant was ratified.


Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Australia signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on 18 December 1972 and ratified it on 10 December 1975: the delay in ratifying the Covenant thus took place under the previous Government. I am informed that the Covenant was not ratified earlier because it had been suggested that both the Interantional Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights should be ratified at the same time. I am further informed that when it was decided not to pursue the original proposal to implement the terms of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in legislation, it was thought desirable to ratify the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at that stage and examine, separately, what domestic problems were required to be overcome to make it possible for Australia to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.







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