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Thursday, 21 August 1969

Senator ANDERSON (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Supply) - The position in relation to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty is that, whilst it is true that some ninety-two countries, give or take one or two, have signed the Treaty, it is equally true that Russia and the United States of America have not ratified it. In fact, Australia's position is quite clear. The situation is that Australia wants to be satisfied that the Treaty would be an effective treaty and would be in the best interests of Australia before it will ratify the Treaty. That is a decision that has to be taken and will be taken by the Australian Government against the background of what is fit, proper and best for Australia in terms of the peace of the world, as the honourable senator suggests.

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