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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3211

Mr Uren asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 2 1 February 1980:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to the statement by Mr Beadell in Blast the Bush, that a Canberra bomber was flown through the mushroom cloud of the British nuclear weapons test at Maralinga on IS October 19S3; if so, is he able to state whether this statement is correct.

(2)   If the statement is correct, can he state (a) how many people were on board during the flight, (b) what subsequent measures have been taken to monitor the health of those people and (c) what were the results of health checks.

Mr Killen - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) and ( 2 ) I am informed that examination of the historical records shows that the aircraft about which Mr Beadell wrote was British, with a British crew. Australian records throw no light on the other matters referred to in the question.

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