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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 419


Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 16 April 1980:

(1)   Did the Minister indicate in an address to the Mining Club of New York, USA, on 18 March 1980, that the Australian Government was cooperating fully with private industry and with the Governments of a number of countries, including that of the United States of America, in studying the feasibility of establishing a commercial uranium enrichment industry.

(2)   If so, what is the nature of the cooperation between the Australian and the United States Governments in these studies.


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

(1)   Further to my answer to question No. 5831, in an address to the Mining Club of New York, USA, the Minister said, 'in these studies we are cooperating fully with private industry and with the Governments of a number of countries, including your own'.

(2)   A team of Commonwealth Government officials recently visited the USA for discussions on uranium enrichment. These discussions were a follow-up to exchanges which have taken place with the US Government following the announcement by the Commonwealth Government on 23 January 1979 that we proposed to proceed with studying the feasibility of establishing an Australian commercial uranium enrichment industry. The USA has agreed to provide some input into the Australian study of uranium enrichment and the USA is looking at how it might further collaborate with Australia in the study; the USA has not made any offer of technology. The US Government has invited representatives of the Uranium Enrichment Group of Australia to visit the USA; this is in recognition of the Commonwealth Government's approach that private industry should be involved in studying the feasibility of uranium enrichment in Australia.







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