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Thursday, 13 April 1972
Page: 1074

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Minister representing the Minister for National Development seen a publication by Professor H. J. de Brium of the School of Physical Science at the Flinders University in South Australia in which he suggests amendments to the Atomic Energy Act 1953 to institute a body of review to supervise future nuclear development in Australia? Will the Minister consider this article which suggests future investigation into nuclear power for water desalination rather than for electricity generation?

Senator COTTON - I have not seen the article. Therefore I am very restricted in my ability to comment on it. But I note what the honourable senator has said. The article proposes an amendment to the Atomic Energy Act and the honourable senator has asked whether the Minister for National Development will give consideration to this article. I would imagine that the Department would have already seen the article and would have given consideration to it. I cannot go beyond that except to direct what the honourable senator has said to the responsible Minister.

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