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Wednesday, 16 March 1966

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for External Affairs a question. When does the honorable gentleman propose to release, if he does propose to do so, the report which I understand he received more than two months ago from the Australian scientists who went to Paris more than three months ago to investigate the expected effects on the Australian mainland and Territories of the French hydrogen bomb tests in the Pacific? If the Minister does not consider it proper or urgent to release the report, will he give an assurance that there will not be an increase in radio-active fallout in our area or that whether any increase is called significant or not, no man, woman or child in this country will be harmed as a result of these tests? I ask finally: What was the latest action taken by the Minister to register the opposition of this Parliament and the Australian people to further contamination of the world's atmosphere for the sake of Gallic glory?

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