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Tuesday, 9 October 1956

Mr BEALE (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Supply) - 1 did see a report to that effect. The report stated that the thyroid glands of cattle which had been slaughtered at Alice Springs indicated a geiger count of 3,000 a minute. That, so the scientists say, is quite harmless, and has no significance whatever. But I think the best answer I can give to the honorable member is contained in information that came into my hands about ten seconds ago. It is this: A statement by Mr. Pat Davis appears in the Adelaide " Advertiser " of this morning's issue, in which he emphatically denies having made any statement about an atomic bomb cloud passing over his property, or about the testing of live-stock for radioactivity. He is reported to have said -

It is absolutely untrue that I ever said fellow pastoralists had told me the atom bomb explosion had knocked hell out of the country north and north-east of Alice Springs.

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