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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 85

Senator PUPLICK(5.47) —The Opposition rejects the interpretation which the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans) has given to the amendments which we have moved. Nevertheless, we are very encouraged by the Minister's specific undertaking about the Government's attitude as far as the role of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation is concerned and his undertaking that the Government is not in any way seeking to limit the work which ANSTO can do or the research which ANSTO can undertake. Nevertheless, we are also sufficiently realistic, the Minister having indicated the Government's opposition and the Australian Democrats having indicated their opposition to the two amendments we have put forward, while we indicate our continued support for the amendments, not to seek to take up the time of the Committee by requesting a division.

Amendments negatived.