An Australian Government minister arrived in France on Tuesday (11 October) at the start of a tour to discuss trade relations with members of the European Economic Community.
GV PAN:French Atomic Energy Commission building.
SV: Australian Minister John Howard. (dark suit and glasses) being shown energy model. ZOOM IN FOR CU Howard talking to official.
CU OF: Model.
SV: John Howard talking outside Commission.
MR. HOWARD: "I had a very useful meeting with the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. He explained to me the French nuclear energy programme. We discussed matters relating to waste disposal and the future energy requirements of his country, and aspects of the Australian Government's decision on the mining and export of uranium."
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Background: An Australian Government minister arrived in France on Tuesday (11 October) at the start of a tour to discuss trade relations with members of the European Economic Community. Mr. John Howard said his appointment as Minister for Special Trade Negotiations reflected dissatisfaction with trade between Australia and the Common Market, and hopes that it could be developed and improved.
SYNOPSIS: Of special interest to Mr. Howard was a visit to the French Atomic Energy Commission building in Paris on Wednesday. Australia has decided to develop a full-scale uranium export industry which will make about 20 per cent of the Western world's reserves of low-cost uranium available. The move has been opposed by an anti-nuclear lobby in Australia, even though the government has announced a policy of international anti-proliferation safeguards. Mr. Howard is discussing this policy and the export of uranium with the French. After his tour of the Commission Mr. Howard spoke to the press: