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Wednesday, 23 April 1980
Page: 1696


Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -Will the Minister representing the Minister for Health say what the Government proposes to do to clear up doubts existing in people's minds with respect to the health of those who worked at Maralinga in

South Australia? Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the statement made on the radio program AM this morning by an officer of the Royal Air Force who was in charge of atomic tests at Maralinga? Is the Minister aware that the officer stated that he worked as close as anybody to the hazards associated with these tests and that in his opinion the possibility of adverse effects on the health of the workers in that area was very remote? Can the Minister say whether it is possible for a medical determination to be made as to whether cancer has been caused by radiation or some other factor?


Senator Dame MARGARET GUILFOYLE

I was aware that some comments on the matter had been made recently, but I have no information on the matter from the Minister for Health. I will need to refer Senator Jessop 's question to the Minister for Health to obtain information.







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