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Wednesday, 5 March 1980
Page: 551

Senator CARRICK -Senator Douglas McClelland asked me a question on 4 March on the state of negotiations on the proposed nuclear safeguards agreements with Japan and with Euratom- the European Atomic Energy Community. To date, there have been three rounds of negotiations with Japan on an Australia-Japan nuclear safeguards agreement and two rounds of negotiations with the European Commission on an Australia-Euratom nuclear safeguards agreement. Dates for the next rounds of negotiations with Japan and with Euratom have not been finalised. As these negotiations are continuing, and are confidential to the parties, it would be inappropriate for the Government to go into detail on them. Under the Government's nuclear safeguards policy, announced by the Prime Minister in May 1977, the conclusion of nuclear safeguards agreements with customer countries is required before Australian uranium can be exported to those countries under new contracts.

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