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Friday, 30 October 1964

Senator MCCLELLAND (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Acting Minister for External Affairs and arises from a question asked earlier by Senator Hendrickson. Has the Minister's attention been directed to a report by the British Medical Research Council that .there was a more than twofold increase in the average concentration of radio-active strontium in the bones of young children between the second half of 1962 and the second half of last year, and that this result was to be expected in view of the large scale atmospheric nuclear tests held in the autumn of 1961 and 1962, before the conclusion of the partial nuclear test ban treaty? If the Minister has not seen the report, will he immediately call for a copy of it? If it is found that the facts are as stated, will he lodge with the French authorities another protest against their proposed tests in the Pacific, and also make a request through the British Government, which recognises the government of mainland China, for China to become a signatory to the test ban treaty?

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