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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 415

Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 2 April 1 980:

(   1 ) Is the Australian Atomic Energy Commission (AAEC) giving support to (a) the Broken Hill Proprietary Co. Ltd, (b) the Colonial Sugar Refining Company Ltd, (c) PekoWallsend and (d) the Western Mining Corporation in their studies of the feasibility of establishing a commercial uranium enrichment industry in Australia; if so, has the Government agreed to this support.

(2)   If this support is being given, (a) what form has it taken or will it take and (b) will the companies concerned be required to pay for any assistance given by the AAEC.

(3)   If payments for assistance are to be made, under what conditions will payments be made.

(4)   If payments for assistance are not be be made, why not.

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

(   1 ) The Australian Atomic Energy Commission (AAEC) is giving support to the Uranium Enrichment Group of Australia (UEGA), a Joint Venture comprising BHP, CSR, Peko- Wallsend and WMC. The Government has agreed to this support.

(2)   , (3) and (4) The support being given is the availability of technical advice from the AAEC. As long as the requests for assistance from UEGA do not materially affect the approved programs, staffing or budget allocations for the AAEC, the Government does not intend to seek payment for such advice.

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