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Friday, 10 May 1985
Page: 1762


Senator GARETH EVANS —I wish to add some further information to a question asked yesterday by Senator Kilgariff relating to a report in the New Scientist about the black mist phenomenon. All I can say in reply to Senator Kilgariff is this: The Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests is examining a series of allegations. In the circumstances this is not a matter on which the Government would wish to report or comment in any detail. However, the New Scientist article refers to evidence given by Mr David Cotgrove during the Royal Commission's London hearings. Mr Cotgrove referred to the incident, which occurred in 1960, as being part of an Army exercise in the Maralinga area. The black mist which is reported as having been seen close to Walatina station arose as a result of the Totem I test at the Emu test site on 15 October 1953. Emu is about 200 kilometres north of Maralinga.