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Tuesday, 1 May 1984
Page: 1450

(Question No. 705)

Senator Coleman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 7 March 1984:

(1) Have any Australian Service personnel been seconded to other countries since 1960, where they would be in control of, or working with, nuclear weapons: if so, (a) how many personnel have been involved; (b) which countries were they assigned to; and (c) what periods of time were involved.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Personnel records readily available to Army, Navy and Air Force do not indicate that any Australian Service person seconded to another country since 1960 has been placed in a position of controlling, or working with nuclear weapons.