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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
Page: 2288


Senator Sir JOHN CARRICK(9.29) —I recognise that the Minister cannot speak with the clearest recollection now, but I ask him to seek from his officials, and let me have in due course, an answer to my question about the bibliography, to confirm his recollection and mine that there was nothing significant in the tests. I ask that because at Estimates Committee E I was advised by the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans) that no testing of flora or fauna was made by the McClelland Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia between 1953 and 1963, so any information would be from prior to that time. Will the Minister check with his officials on answers given over the three years by both Ministers? I acknowledge that he gave full and frank answers during his term. I acknowledge that he drew attention to particles, particularly of plutonium, built up by dust. I acknowledge that evidence was given of fencing and fencing off. Fundamentally, however, what I am asking is: Did the Government, in that knowledge, regard what it was doing then as being basically effective, basically being the reasonable thing to do in the light of the knowledge at hand? Will the Minister get that information if he does not have it now?