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Monday, 16 November 1964

Senator SANDFORD (VICTORIA) - I desire to direct a question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Has the Minister seen a report in today's Press emanating from Djakarta, making the claim that Indonesia hoped to be in a position to explode an atomic bomb next year? Is the Minister aware that in the same Press report it was stated that Canberra sources had described this claim as quite fantastic and had also described as fantastic the claim that Indonesia is now able to produce intercontinental ballistic missiles. In view of the fact that comparatively recently Canberra sources were reported to have doubted the ability of China to explode an atomic bomb, can the Minister say what concrete evidence the so called Canberra sources have to doubt this claim of Indonesia that it will be in a position to explode an atomic bomb next year? Finally, will the Minister give the names of the Canberra sources quoted by the Press?

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