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Wednesday, 18 February 1987
Page: 213

Senator DURACK(7.21) —To put a sharper point on this matter, I have now found the definition about which I was particularly concerned. It is on page 3 of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Bill 1986 and is the clause to which Senator Evans has referred. The definition of `associated technology' means:

. . . any document that contains information (other than information that is lawfully available)--

presumably it has been published-

. . . (a) that is applicable primarily to the design, production, operation, testing or use of-

(i) equipment or plant for-

(A) the enrichment of nuclear material . . .

The Government's policy is that there should not be any enrichment of nuclear material in Australia even for peaceful purposes, even to the extent required for use in a nuclear power plant. The Government's policy will be implemented by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, the former Australian Atomic Energy Commission. This means that the Government policy will prevent the pursuit of studies in relation to the enrichment of uranium in Australia. However, such research studies will be going on in a university. There would be information which is not published-I do not know what is meant by lawfully available in the definition-which may be very important for the research that is going on by a particular scientist in an institution. Does the Government intend to allow that to be done? Will the Government take the same attitude to issuing permits for research into enrichment for peaceful purposes as it has taken in relation to research by ANSTO?