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Tuesday, 5 November 1996
Page: 5116

Senator MARGETTS(7.17 p.m.) —I move:

That the Senate take note of the document.

The 35th quarterly report of the Nuclear Safety Bureau also mentions that the Nuclear Safety Bureau program of updating assessments resulted in a radiological assessment of Gage Roads, WA, for visits by nuclear powered warships being completed during the quarter. The report was provided to the VSP(N) for distribution to state and Commonwealth authorities. I would like to see that assessment released if possible.

There was a report detailing a range of accident scenarios for emergency response planning and exercises. This was described as benchmark accidents and in addition to identifying scenarios the report provided methods for dose projections and decision making in a nuclear emergency. These techniques include programs such as Cloud and Umpire. I think it would be reasonable for that advice to be made available to the parliament. I will be following this up to make sure that the three reports are available for us to look at. I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.