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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 1514

Senator O'BYRNE (TASMANIA) - Has the Leader of. the Government in the Senate knowledge of the use of United States manufactured 15,000 lb bombs in Vietnam, each bomb reputed to be able to pulverise city areas of 1 square mile and to be equal in power to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima? Has he knowledge of the use of anti-personnel plastic needles in bombs which cannot be traced in the human body by X-ray and which cause a slow, lingering death to the persons affected? If he has such knowledge would he propose to the Minister for Foreign Affairs that the Minister take action, through the appropriate United Nations body, to have these barbarous weapons, along with the atomic bomb, banned?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - I have no such knowledge.

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