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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE - The answer to honorable senator's questions is as follows -

Australia is opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Accordingly, while our policy does not preclude for all time the possible future acquisition of nuclear weapons for use by the Australian forces, the Government is not undertaking the development of a nuclear capability. Cost is only one consideration in this matter. In the circumstances I would not wish to give an estimate of the possible costs sought by Senator Murphy.

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