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Monday, 20 May 1957

Mr McIVOR (GELLIBRAND, VICTORIA) - Is the Minister for Supply aware of statements made by the principal scientific officer of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Mr. W. Busbridge, in a radio interview in Melbourne? Mr. Busbridge said -

Australia will be able to pump de-salted ocean water into " The Centre " at a cost of five shillings for each 1,000,000 gallons. Atom power stations in " The Centre " could provide all the electricity Australia would need in a year on 4 tons of uranium. Australia has big resources of uranium and of thorium, which could be converted into uranium fuel-

In view of that statement, I desire to ask the Minister whether he has made any investigations into this subject because of its great scientific and economic value to this country.

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