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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 423

Mr CONNOR (Cunningham) (Minister for Minerals and Energy) - in reply - I do not propose to trespass further on the time of the House. I merely say that the last 2 speakers are as far back in their thinking as the present Act is. I do not reflect on the capacity or services of the individual members of the National Radiation Advisory Committee. But around this measure there is - and I am speaking of the parent measure; the Atomic Energy Act 1953 - a strong flavour of the Oak Ridge mentality when it was presumed by one world power that it had a complete monopoly and would be able to retain a complete monopoly of atomic energy and its application to explosives. Accordingly we will be having a very good look at the whole measure not just merely the trifling matter of an extra appointment as suggested by the honourable member for Farrer (Mr Fairbairn).

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

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