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Monday, 20 May 1957

Mr BEALE - In answer to the honorable gentleman, this matter now falls within the jurisdiction of my colleague in another place, the Minister for National Development, but I have some personal knowledge of it, first, because, until recently, I was Minister in charge of it, and secondly, because my own department has been examining a kindred matter. Yes, we are aware of the possibilities of the desalination of water through nuclear power, and indeed, through other sources of power. A few days ago, in this House, I mentioned a very interesting development which had been taking place at Maralinga in the same connexion. I agree with the honorable gentleman that the possibilities of pumping desalinated water from the sea into the interior of Australia are very encouraging if nuclear power plants come up to our expectations.

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