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Atomic bomb tests’ radiation kept secret from Australians

British monitoring of water commenced in the 1950s. The records of this early monitoring are unavailable in Australia. As British nuclear weapons testing in Australia commenced in the early l950s, this data is of great importance.

Propaganda Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog 13 April 11, Introduction From 1957 to 1978 the Australian Government carried out dissections on the bodies of people who had died of illness or accident. These dissections were carried out to monitor the amount of Strontium 90, a radioactive element, absorbed by Australians. Strontium 90 was a component of the fallout deposited from nuclear tests conducted in Australia, the Pacific and China.

Permission to carry out the dissections was not sought from relatives. The tests were carried out by the Federal Health Department, and test subjects included babies. Evidence of this activity was released in 1981 by the NSW Health Commission. The Australian Radiation Laboratory paid the costs of bone sample removal and transport to Melbourne The secret operation involved hospitals in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney. Melbourne and Adelaide. (Source: Atomic Fallout, March/June 1992 page 11 )

Data Gathering and Use

From 1965 to the present time, the South Australian Government carried out monitoring of all reservoirs for nuclear fallout. The graphs created from the data are contained in an earlier report (The Monitoring of the Radiological Contamination of SA Drinking Water, by P. Langley). This data has not received wide publicity. Dr Helen Caldicott and others have however spoken on this theme over a period of many years. Results of British water catchment monitoring of South Australian water, carried out prior to 1965, remains unavailable to Australians. SA Water Corp confirms that Australian radiological monitoring commenced only in 1965 – after the cessation of nuclear weapons testing by the UK in Australia.

Although the SA Government does not possess records earlier than 1965, involved ex- servicemen state that British monitoring of water commenced in the 1950s. The records of this early monitoring are unavailable in Australia.

As British nuclear weapons testing in Australia commenced in the early l950s, this data is of great importance. Given that the Nuclear ExServicemens’ Associations have initiated action against Britain via the European Union Court of Human Rights, it may be productive if Australians petition the court to force Britain to release all Australian radiological data to Australian Nuclear Veterans and hence to the general public. Australians who retain citizenship to member nations of the European Union especially are entitled to petition the EU. (Since the enabling of the Maastricht Treaty 1992, all such citizens are entitled to access to the EU court of Human Rights. As the release of British held documents impact on the human rights of Citizens of Europe living in Australia, petitions to the court may be productive).

n 1956, a senior biologist employed by the CSIRO began a biological survey into the effects of atomic weapons testing in Australia. His name was Dr Hedley Marston. He and his team collected the thyroid glands from cattle and sheep in areas of Australia likely to have been contaminated by atomic fallout clouds. He concluded that extensive areas of Australia had been contaminated, including densely populated areas in a band 1,600 miles wide right across the continent. He found that Adelaide and the country surrounding it had been contaminated. He feared that the radioisotope Strontium 90, released by atomic bomb testing, had entered the Australian food chain. He told the CSIRO that his findings indicated that the official version of events was false. He stated that either monitoring instruments were faulty or someone was lying. Dr Marston passed away shortly after making his report……

Propaganda « Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog

April 13, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, secrets and lies |

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