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P R E S S R E L E A S E THE SENATE

P r e s s S t a t e m e n t b y S e n a t o r C o l i n M a s o n , A u s t r a l i a n

D e m o c r a t S p o k e s p e r s o n o n N a t i o n a l D e v e l o p m e n t a n d E n e r g y

URANIUM ENRICHMENT INDUSTRY

T h e L e a d e r o f t h e G o v e r n m e n t i n t h e S e n a t e , S e n a t o r G a r r i c k ,

t o d a y g a v e a n a b s o l u t e a s s u r a n c e t h a t a n y u r a n i u m e n r i c h m e n t

i n d u s t r y i n A u s t r a l i a w o u l d n o t b e p e r m i t t e d t o p r o d u c e

m a t e r i a l w h i c h c o u l d b e u s e d f o r n u c l e a r b o m b s .

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L e a d e r o f t h e A u s t r a l i a n D e m o c r a t s , S e n a t o r C o l i n M a s o n

( N. S . W. ) , who a s k e d f o r a n " a b s o l u t e u n d e r t a k i n g t h a t t h e

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g r a d e m a t e r i a l " .

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t h a t ' i f i t u n d e r t o o k t h e e n r i c h m e n t o f u r a n i u m , t h e r e w o u l d

b e no u p g r a d i n g o f u r a n i u m t o w e a p o n s s t a n d a r d .

S e n a t o r Mason a l s o a s k e d i f a m o n i t o r i n g s y s t e m on t h e e x t e n t

o f e n r i c h m e n t o p e n t o a l l Members o f P a r l i a m e n t Would b e

made a v a i l a b l e .

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b u t t h a t Members o f P a r l i a m e n t w o u l d n o t h a v e t h e t e c h n i c a l

k n o w l e d g e t o p l a y a p a r t i n i t .

S e n a t o r Mason s a i d o u t s i d e t h e S e n a t e t h a t h e was n o t s a t i s f i e d

w i t h t h i s a n s w e r a n d w o u l d b e f o l l o w i n g up t h e p o i n t i n

a q u e s t i o n on n o t i c e . He s a i d i t was v i t a l t h a t o p p o s i t i o n

Members o f P a r l i a m e n t s h o u l d b e i n a p o s i t i o n t o know i f .

w e a p o n s g r a d e m a t e r i a l was p r o d u c e d , o r e v e n c o n t e m p l a t e d ,

a t a n y f u t u r e t i m e .

5 t h May, 1982

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