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Wednesday, 1 May 1957

Mr BEALE - I do remember that the honorable member asked me a question some weeks ago, and I express my regret that I have not given him the detailed answer that I promised. I did at the time throw a good deal of doubt upon the truthfulness of this story. It seemed to me on the face of it to be a most unlikely one. That impression was confirmed by a press report which I had read about the same time, in which some scientific authorities, in Paris, I think, had repudiated or criticized the scientific qualifications of the person making the allegations.

However, I did not neglect the matter. I conferred with Professor Oliphant, who, of course, is a great authority on these matters, and I have his permission to say that in his view this story just will not bear examination.

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