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NOT FOR PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST BEFORE ^Potn. SUNDAY, SPETEMBER 20. FOR PRESS : * 1959.

AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATION a T INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY '

Statement by^the Minister for National Development, Senator the Hon. W.H. Spooner, M.M. , and the Acting Minister for External Affairs, Sir Garfield Barwick, Q.’ C. , Μ,P.

A widening field of technical activities will be discussed at the third general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which opens in Vienna on Tuesday 22 September, Australia is lending technical and financial support to the

agency.

The Minister for National Development, Senator W,H,Spooner, and the Acting Minister for External Affairs, Sir Garfield Barwick, said this to-day,

Australia would be represented by the Deputy Chairman of the Australian Atomic Energy Commission, Dr, H,G, Ra Ga TT, as leader of the Delegation, with Mr. L.J. a RNOTT, Australian Consul-General in Geneva, as Deputy Leader, together with Mr, a .D, TKOMa S (Atomic Energy Commission) and Mr, H.D, WHITE

(Department of External Affairs) as alternates,

Australia had again been designated for a seat on the Agency Board of Governors, as the member most advanced in atomic energy matters in South-East Asia and the Pacific, they said.

The Agency had built up an effective o r g a n i sationand was undertaking a wide operational programme which would benefit all its members. One important aspect was that of enabling under-developed countries to share in the benefits of atomic

energy, by programmes of information, training and expert advice. Australia fully supported this policy and was contributing to the technical assistance programme both in cash and in kind.

Australia had offered fellowships which enabled scientists nominated by other member States to follow appropriate courses of study in this Country. Australia had also been asked to accept agency fellowship-holders for training. The primary

emphasis was on Colombo Plan Countries, a number of students from these countries had already received scientific training in-Australia under the normal operation of the plan.

Australian experts in various parts of the atomic energy field could give useful technical advice to other countries. The Atomic Energy Commission had lent the services of its Principal Field Engineer, Mr. J.C. WEBB, for an agency technical mission to the Far East earlier in the year.

Senator Spooner added that the Commission had now given Mr. WEBB leave of absence to enable him to take up a two-year appointment with the agency, to deal with prospecting, mining and processing of raw materials. It was expected that a number

of other Australian experts would be provided from time to time to help in agency programmes.

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September 20, 1959 - P.M,