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Tuesday, 17 November 1959

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK - I do not know whether the honorable member informed himself of the precise terms of the resolution, but if he had, he would have observed that the resolution, on the one hand, suggested that France should not test a bomb for the reason that, of necessity, the test would result in deleterious fall-out. We felt, as a government, that we did not want to subscribe to the view that, of necessity and under all circumstances, the testing of such a bomb would result in deleterious fall-out. On the other hand, we as a Government, have made it quite plain that we do not favour the emergence of a fourth nuclear power and that we did not want to show any differentiation as between one power and another seeking to be the fourth power. Consequently, we were not willing to vote on that side which might have encouraged the emergence of a fourth nuclear power. In the circumstances, due to the form of the resolution and the manner in which it was expressed, we felt that our most consistent and logical course was to abstain, giving reasons much as I have given them to the honorable member.

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