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Thursday, 16 May 1957

Mr BEALE - If I have failed to answer the honorable gentleman's question or if I have broken any promise to answer a question, I am sorry, but I do not think that I have. I do not think that I promised that I would tell him whether there was a station at Wollongong or any other specific spot, but I will look into that matter. I did say that there were about 100 stations around the Commonwealth. The point to be remembered is that these stations are not there only for the purpose of measuring radio-activity arising from atomic tests. They are also intended to fulfil obligations to the United Nations which we have undertaken, and also to collate for the benefit of scientists in Australia as much information as possible concerning what is called background radiation or, in other words, radiation from X-rays, as well as cosmic rays from the sun. By no means is the whole significance of this matter connected with atomic tests. I will get all the information that I can for the honorable gentleman. Whether the Government would be prepared to present to the public what I might call mathametical or scientific figures, which could not be interpreted by a layman, is another matter.

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