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JOURNALIST: OK Mr Hawke, we'll start with your comments about Coronation Hill tomorrow, what do you feel about tomorrow's decision?

PM: Well I feel it'll be made tomorrow and that's when you'll get my comments. I've got no more to say about it now. I just made a few observations to the girls there at

the school. But you may get some sort of information what my thoughts are from that.

JOURNALIST: So the people, the Jawoyn people have your vote then?

PM: Well that'll be made clear at the Cabinet tomorrow. I don't want to canvas it anymore than that. But I mean I think you can tell from what I said there at the school that I think there is some very fundamental issues that we as a

society have to take into account when w e 're looking at these issues.

JOURNALIST: ... between the Treasurer and yourself on this issue?

PM: Well I don't know, we'll see.

JOURNALIST: What sort of impact will your vote have on the meeting?

PM: Well let's see. I mean you really are wasting your time. I'm not going to say anything more about that1 how. We'll wait until tomorrow.

JOURNALIST: What about the mining industry - to almost challenge regarding your leadership saying that the leadership issue ... How well do you regard that ...?

PM: I've heard these sorts of things from a whole lot of people, from unionists at times, miners at times, farmers at times telling me what I've got to do. I make up my mind on the basis of what I think's best for this country.

JOURNALIST: At the Labor conference do you want a full debate on the uranium issue?


PM: I don't know. It's really - these sorts of things get worked out in advance as to whether there's going to be a discussion or not. I've never baulked at a discussion on it. If it's the wish of the conference to have a discussion

I'm quite happy about that.

JOURNALIST: Is Australia going to sell uranium to Indonesia?

PM: Well the policy of Australia in regard to the sale of uranium is very simple - that we don't sell it to people unless we are totally satisfied in regard to the safeguards

requirements that we have laid down and if any nation, whether it's Indonesia or any other, wanted to purchase Australian uranium it would have to totally satisfy the safeguards requirements that we lay down.

JOURNALIST: Another issue Prime Minister, is Sir Ninian Stephen the right person to head the Northern Ireland peace conference?

PM: I think he's magnificently well equipped for it. I had a call from the Prime Minister of Ireland on Saturday morning asking me about this and I said that I thought he was very well equipped for the task and Mr Haughey was very

pleased to hear that. I understand that the other participants seem to have a positive attitude towards Sir Ninian. He seems to me to have everything that's required. He is intellectually of course, superbly well equipped and he is the sort of man who by nature, I think, quickly gets

the confidence of a wide range of people. He would be the sort of man who would get across the issues quickly. I think everyone concerned would have total confidence in his impartiality, his commitment, his preparedness to listen and

to try and bring people together. I think he's a superb human being, Sir Ninian. I've always thought that. So when I was contacted about this I was very pleased to give positive signs.