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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 148

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development, upon notice:

Is Australia currently negotiating with France to arrange a treaty for co-operation in the peaceful use of atomic energy; if so, is it the Government's intention that the treaty should be in similar terms to that signed in February between Japan and Australia.

Senator COTTON (New South WalesrMinister for Civil Aviation) The Minister for National Development has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

No. On 16th June 1969, the Australian Atomic Energy Commission and the French Commissariat a 1'Energie Atomique concluded an agreement to collaborate in the peaceful uses of atomic energy. This agreement between the 2 authorities is considered to be adequate and no further negotiations are contemplated.

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