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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 49

Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) - 1 ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs: Is it a fact that the People's Republic of China has conducted at least 14 atmospheric nuclear tests? Is it also a fact that the Australian Government repeatedly has made it clear within the United Nations and in other world forums that it opposes all forms of atmospheric and underground nuclear testing? Is there any evidence of any public protests by the Australian Labor Party against any of the Chinese nuclear tests?

Senator WRIGHT - The fact is as stated by Senator Carrick. So far as we know China has carried out 14 nuclear tests. It is a fact that the Australian Government has made known repeatedly, in the forums to which the honourable senator refers, its opposition to atmospheric tests. I am not aware - and I would be obliged to any member of the Opposition who could provide me with such an instance - of any instance when any representative of the Australian Labor Party has voiced opposition to the Chinese nuclear tests in marked contrast with the noise that was made about the French nuclear tests.

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