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Tuesday, 11 September 1973
Page: 829

Mr Wentworth asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   At the forthcoming General Assembly of the United Nations, will he arrange for Australia to advocate the urgent collection and publication of all available information regarding:

(a)   the possession by various rations of nuclear weapons and of machinery for their utilisation; and

(b)   the capacity of all nations to produce such armaments now or in the foreseeable future.

(2)   If so, will he also advocate that once such a catalogue is compiled it should be continuously updated.

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

(1)   This Government, as did its predecessor, supports the international collection and publication of research studies into the sorts of matters raised by the honourable member's question. At the 26th General Assembly in 1971, Australia supported Resolution 2817 which requested the Secretary-General to prepare every, other year a report on the scientific works in the field of peace research that are produced by the various institutions - national and international, governmental and non-governmental, public and private. The first such report is to be submitted at the forthcoming 28th General ^Assembly.

(2)   See my previous answer.

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