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Tuesday, 9 October 1956

Mr BEALE - Ilay on the table the following papers: -

Statements issued by or on behalf of the Government in connexion with atomic weapons tests.

The House will remember that recently, in reply to a question asked by the honorable member for Yarra (Mr. Cairns), I stated that a considerable number of press statements had been released for the purpose of informing the public in relation to the atomic tests, and I promised that I. would obtain all of them. I may say that 1 was a little too optimistic; I have not been able to get all of them, but, nevertheless, I have a substantial collection. I also have a copy available for the honorable member for Yarra.

Dr Evatt - Do I understand that the documents are all statements by the Minister?

Mr BEALE - No, by no means. There are between nine and twelve of them; one happens to bear my name, but some have been issued by the safety committee. Some of them are anonymous. The collection is simply a collection of factual statements put out during the past few weeks.

Dr Evatt - By or on behalf of the Government?

Mr BEALE - Yes, with its approval.

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