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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3067

Mr Garland asked the Minister for Science, upon notice:

(1)   Has he published reports numbers 4 and 5 of the Australian Atomic Weapons Testing Safety Committee which report on the fall-out from the French and other nuclear tests measured in Australia and Papua New Guinea; if not, why not?

(2)   If they have not been published, will he release them as soon as possible?

(3)   Do the reports state that very low levels of radioactivity were recorded?

(4)   If so, is this view, in essence, supported by the National Radiation Advisory Committee and does it regard the fall-out from the French tests as of no hazard, or of insignificant hazard, to health?

Mr Morrison - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

On 2 May 1973, the Prime Minister tabled Reports Nos 4 and5 of the Australian Atomic Weapons Tests Safety Committee, together with the Report dated April 1973 of the National Radiation Advisory Committee, covering the tests in June-July 1972. He also tabled a report by the Australian Academy of Science. In his statement, the Prime Minister stated that the reports showed that radioactive fall-out had occurred over Australia, had contaminated the Australian environment and that the people of Australia may have been adversely affected by the tests.

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