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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 415


Mr Humphreys asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 2 April 1980:

(   1 ) Did the Minister, in a recent address to the Mining Club of New York, USA, indicate that the Government was studying the feasibility of establishing a commercial uranium enrichment industry.

(2)   What areas of what States of Australia are under consideration as sites for this proposed plant.


Mr Anthony - The Minister for National Development and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   1 indicated that the Government was cooperating fully with private industry in studying the feasibility of establishing a commercial uranium enrichment industry in Australia.

(2)   The Commonwealth's role in relation to the study lies mainly in facilitating the activities of the Uranium Enrichment Group of Australia (UEGA), which is composed of four major Australian companies. The Commonwealth is not a direct participant in UEGA's work and is not aware of any particular sites being under consideration by the UEGA at this stage. The UEGA has direct access to State and Northern Territory Government authorities should the study require an examination of siting.







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