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Tuesday, 9 October 1956

Mr HAMILTON (CANNING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I preface a question to the Minister for Supply by paying to him a tribute, on behalf of the party of honorable members from both sides of the House that visited Maralinga and Woomera last week, for the courtesy that he extended to them. 1 should like to say that both the Minister and his staff spared no effort in ensuring that we had an enjoyable visit. His hospitality was greatly appreciated. 1 should like the Minister to inform me whether he has seen a newspaper report to the effect that cattle recently slaughtered at Alice Springs for local consumption were found to be heavily radioactive. Has he any knowledge of a statement which has been attributed to Mr. Pat Davis, the owner of Hamilton Downs station, 50 miles northwest of Alice Springs, that the cloud from the first atomic explosion at Maralinga had " knocked hell " out of the country to the north and the north-east of Alice Springs?

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