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Wednesday, 23 May 1973
Page: 2482

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs) - by leave - Honourable members will be pleased to know that the members of both Houses of the Tasmanian Parliament have unanimously agreed to the followingresolutions:

Thatin the opinion of the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly the testing of nuclear devices in the atmosphere is to be deplored.

That the Parliament of the State of Tasmania records its support for moves by the Federal Government to prevent the planned nuclear tests by the French Government in the South Pacific area and to refer this important matter to the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

Perhaps I might take this opportunity of publicly acknowledging the debt that the Commonwealth Government owes to the initiative of the Attorney-General of Tasmania - of which both the previous Minister for Foreign Affairs and I were aware at the time - in seeking advice from Professor O'Connell of the University of Adelaide, now the Chichele Professor of International Law at Oxford, on the prospects of this avenue before the World Court of restraining the French nuclear tests. It was Professor O'Connell's advice, I believe, which was responsible for Australia, New Zealand and Fiji relying on the 1928 General Act for the pacific settlement of international disputes, in bringing their dispute in this matter to the International Court of Justice.

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