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Notice given 12 July 2001

3711  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) Have records from the Maralinga Hospital from the time of the British nuclear tests been located; if so, will they be used in the current review of the health of servicemen involved in the tests; if not, what effort is the Government making to find the records.

(2) Has the Government asked the British Government if the records were taken to Britain.

(3) According to records, apart from the eight small aircraft that were used for target response and buried at Maralinga, a number of modified B6 Canberra aircraft were used to collect air samples by flying through the mushroom clouds of various test explosions and were highly contaminated as a result and not returned to Britain: (a) what happened to those aircraft; and (b) if they were buried, where and how did this take place.

(4) If those aircraft were buried, does the Government propose to exhume the aircraft and transfer them to the proposed nuclear waste repository.

3712  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—In November 2000 did the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation conduct a raid on an ex-serviceman, Mr John Henschler, and confiscate film taken at Maralinga; if so: (a) where is that film now; and (b) is it available for viewing.