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Thursday, 1 May 1980
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Senator Carrick -On 20 March 1980 Senator Young asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Resources a question without notice concerning uranium enrichment and the interests of South Australia in that matter.

The Minister for Trade and Resources has provided the following reply to the honourable senator's question:

The Commonwealth Government's statements on uranium enrichment, including my statement of 5 March 1980 on tabling the report on uranium enrichment by the Uranium Advisory Council, have stressed that the question of the commercial feasibility of uranium enrichment in Australia would be assessed by Australian industry, specifically the Uranium Enrichment Group of Australia (UEGA). The Commonwealth Government has also indicated that the State and Northern Territory Governments will have an opportunity to be involved as fully as possible.

It will be a matter for the State and Northern Territory Governments to make known to the UEGA their particular interests in the location of an enrichment industry with their State or Territory. The Work of the South Australian Uranium Enrichment Committee is well known and will, no doubt, make a significant contribution to South Australian endeavours in this field. The positive attitude of the present South Australian Government to uranium mining and processing will be of assistance to that State in seeking to locate an enrichment industry there.

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