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Thursday, 28 August 1980
Page: 867

Mr LIONEL BOWEN (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I ask the Minister for Trade and Resources: Is the Government protesting about the statement that France is selling up to 70 kilograms of weapons grade uranium to Iraq? Does the Minister acknowledge that when Australia concludes a safeguards agreement with the European Atomic Energy Community, the way will be open for exports of Australian uranium to the Euratom member states, including France? Does the Minister acknowledge that by providing uranium to France, Australia will be directly and indirectly assisting France in the export of bomb grade materials to countries such as Iraq?

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Deputy Prime Minister) - I was looking to my colleague the Minister for Foreign Affairs who normally looks after international negotiations with regard to safeguards. I will have the question referred to him.

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