• Short Summary

    At The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday (21 May), Australia's Attorney-General, Lionel Murphy, told the International Court of Justice that "every man, woman, child and foetus in Australia have in his or her body radio-active material from the French as well as other atmospheric tests."
    Mr.

  • Description

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    GV EXTERIOR - Peace Palace
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    2.
    SV Judiciary arriving PAN to Australian lawyers
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    3.
    CU French plaque PULL BACK TO empty seats
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    4.
    MV Lawyers talking seats
    0.29

    5.
    MV Murphy speaking
    1.20


    "On behalf of Australia, I ask the Court to indicate provisional measures, an order of the Court that France desist from conducting further atmospheric nuclear tests in the South Pacific Ocean, pending the final judgment of the Court upon this dispute. This being Australia's first case in the contentious jurisdiction of this Court, I wish to express, on behalf of Australia, our Government, and our people, Australia's respect for this great judicial tribunal and the work it has done, and Australia's support of the role of the law in regulating international relations. It also wish to express to the Court, the appreciation of Australia for the expeditious manner in which the Court is dealing with the present request."




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    Background: At The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday (21 May), Australia's Attorney-General, Lionel Murphy, told the International Court of Justice that "every man, woman, child and foetus in Australia have in his or her body radio-active material from the French as well as other atmospheric tests."
    Mr. Murphy was speaking on behalf of his country, which, together with New Zealand, is seeking an order from the Court to stop French tests in the South Pacific until final judgement of the dispute by the international body.

    France is boycotting these proceedings, and has said it will take no notice of the Court's judgment.

    In a lengthy statement to 16 International judges, Mr. Murphy said that when France exploded her bombs in the atmosphere over Mururoa Atoll "she explodes them in a real sense over Australia and other nations and peoples of the southern hemisphere."
    The Australian Attorney-General said one of his country's legal propositions was that the deposit of radio-active fallout from nuclear tests infringed the inviolability of Australian territorial sovereignty.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE7VXYHNXTOLWSZ7BX29LSLFYV
    Media URN:
    VLVAE7VXYHNXTOLWSZ7BX29LSLFYV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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