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Thursday, 22 September 1983
Page: 1170

Mr STEELE HALL —I ask the Prime Minister: In the light of the review into the uranium industry which has now replaced his earlier confident statements about that industry, will he have the situation at Roxby placed in a position of priority in that review so that the developing company can assess the risk of losing its considerable investment in that project and so that the people of South Australia may know whether they will get the benefit of it? Will this project, set in motion by a Liberal government, be taken away by a Labor government?

Mr HAWKE —I have made the position quite clear. Nothing that has been done in the processes to which I have referred places in any jeopardy the processes that are under way in regard to the Roxby venture. I have been in contact with the Premier of South Australia. His position is known. The review that is appropriate to be undertaken within the Caucus and the Cabinet of the Australian Labor Party will go ahead in the context which I put to the House before. The joint venture partners in the Roxby Downs proposal have not yet sought developmental approval or negotiating licences from the Government. There has been no indication-there should be no indication-from them of concern. They, as distinct from the honourable member for Boothby and other honourable members opposite, are not attempting to play miserable politics in this matter. They are acting rationally, a course of action which I recommend to all honourable members opposite.