Australian and French scientists have ended their three-day meeting in Canberra without agreement. The discussions?
GV Academy of Science building
CU Sign 'Sulman Award for Architectural Merit'
LV Part of the building
SV PAN French scientists leave building and enter car
SV PAN Car drives away
CU Prime Minister Whitlam replies to reporter's questions
(SOUND STARTS: "Prime Minister, on the....."
SOUND ENDS: "...I don't encourage it."
QUESTION: "Prime Minister, on the question of French nuclear tests here, can you tell us, one way or the other, do you support industrial action by Australian trade unions against the French government?"
WHITLAM: "I don't encourage it, but if it takes place, there's no more we can do about it than our predecessors."
QUESTION: "...(INDISTINCT)...endorse it if you say you don't encourage it?"
WHITLAM: "I don't encourage it."
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Background: Australian and French scientists have ended their three-day meeting in Canberra without agreement. The discussions took place at the Academy of Science. No statement was issued after the talks which were the final round between the two countries before Australia instituted legal proceedings at the International Court of Justice at the Hague.
At a news conference after the meeting, the Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Whitlam, was generally non-committal. However he did answer other questions about the tests.