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Tuesday, 9 March 1971
Page: 746

Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the .. Minister for National Development, upon notice:

(1) Have uranium deposits ' been discovered on Uno Station, near Iron Knob, South Australia.

(2) If so, has his Department made an evaluation of the deposits with a view to their possible exploitation.

(3) ls the find attributable; to Japanese geologists', if so, is it the intention; of the Government to allow Japanese. interests to exploit these deposits.

Mr Swartz - The answer- to. the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Low grade uranium values have been found at Uno Station near Iron Knob, South Australia.

(2) Neither the Australian Atomic Energy Commission nor my Department has "made any evaluation of the area as the exploration programme is only at the reconnaissance stage. However, liaison is being maintained with the company.

(3) Nisho Iwai, a Japanese company, has a prospecting licence to explore for uranium in this area and the field work is being undertaken by Japanese geologists from the Japan Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Corporation. Permission to exploit any deposit that may be found in that area is a matter for the State Government of South Australia. If exploitation takes place, approval would have to be obtained from the Australian Atomic Energy Commission before any of the ore or concentrates could be exported: any consideration of an application to export would have regard to the policy of the Government at that time.

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