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Friday, 21 May 1965


Senator PALTRIDGE - The Minister for National Development has supplied the following answers to the honorable senator's questions - 1 and 2. In July 1963 the Chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission invited the Australian Government to send a group of technical officers to the United States to examine the evidence relating to the use of underground nuclear explosions for peaceful purposes. The group, comprising representatives of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission, Snowy Mountains Authority and the Bureau of Mineral Resources, left Sydney on 1stSeptember 1963 and returned on 26th October 1963. The group visited Washington, D.C., Virginia and Nevada in addition to California.

3.   The report of the group, titled " Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Explosives - An Evaluation for Australian Purposes of Proposed Civil Engineering and Mining Applications ", has been published and widely distributed to libraries and relevant organisations. A limited number of copies is still available from the Secretary, Australian Atomic Energy Commission, P.O. Box 41, Coogee, New South Wales.







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