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Thursday, 21 March 1985
Page: 568


Senator DURACK —My question is directed to the Minister for Resources and Energy. Does the Government's present policy banning the supply of uranium to France, which has been recently interpreted by him as applying only to banning of the end use of Australian uranium in France, prevent the processing of Australian yellowcake in France to the extent required for use in nuclear power stations?


Senator GARETH EVANS —No, and it never has.


Senator DURACK —I ask a supplementary question, Mr President. If that is the case, could the Minister spell out what the Government means by 'end use'?


Senator GARETH EVANS —End use in power stations; which end use is, except in France, consistent with the Government's nuclear safeguards policy. End use could also mean, technically speaking, but not consistently with our policy, end use for non-peaceful weapons purposes. That is end use in the sense of using it, as distinct from merely processing it and getting it into a shape in which it can be used. I would have thought that answer was fairly self-evident.