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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 2196


Mr MacKELLAR (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is directed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, is supplementary to the question asked by the honourable member for Sturt. Has the Minister received any questions or representations with respect to the attitude of the Australian Labour Party or the Australian trade union movement concerning the testing of atomic weapons by the People's Republic of China?


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - No, I have not received any suggestions or representations from the Australian Labor Party that we should protest against the tests in China. As the House will know, there has been published recently by the Institute of Strategic Studies an assessment of the progress at present being made with the nuclear programme in the People's Republic of China, both as to the intercontinental ballistic missiles and the movement into nuclear submarines. No doubt honourable members will have an opportunity to get a copy of that study for themselves.







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