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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
Page: 2289


Senator WALSH (Minister for Finance and Acting Minister for Resources and Energy)(9.30) —The answer is yes, the information requested can, I think, be provided, and I shall endeavour to do so. Principally, the decisions about what was a reasonable thing to do, I suppose, were made by me. On the evidence available at the time, I thought, and still think, that the actions taken were reasonable actions. However, it should be borne in mind that what was thought to be a reasonable exposure to radiation in the early 1950s is no longer thought to be a reasonable exposure to radiation in the 1980s. Whether the McClelland Commission has added significantly, or at all, to the store of knowledge which was available at the time that I made those decisions, I do not know; but that is something which I expect will be known within the next few weeks.

On the question of genetic mutations, and the bibliography to which Senator Sir John Carrick referred, at that stage at least, certainly no evidence was brought to my knowledge that there had been any genetic mutations of plants or animals in the area.