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Friday, 10 May 1985
Page: 2078

Mr McVEIGH —I refer the Minister for Trade to the Government's decision to pay compensation to Queensland Mines Ltd to ensure that the ban on uranium exports to France remains intact. I ask: Will the Minister tell the House, firstly, what is the breakdown of the first payment of $32m to this company; secondly, has the 20 per cent devaluation of the Australian dollar affected the payout; thirdly, if so, what now is the total estimated pay out to Queensland Mines; and fourthly, how many shipments does the $32m cover?

Mr DAWKINS —This matter essentially is administered by my colleague the Minister for Resources and Energy. I suggest that the honourable member put the question on notice and the Minister will provide an answer for him.