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16th May, 1956 : “We are glad to …(help) in the development of weapons which are a threat to no one but are intended as a deterrent to anyone who might wish to threaten others.” With these words, Professor Ernest Titterton, an expert in nuclear physics at the Australian National University, summed up the reasoning behind the development of A-bomb and tests of this awesome weapon in Australia. Professor Titternon said today that as long as peace had not been guaranteed, the modernising weapons was an obligation in the defence of freedom. That Britain was conducting tests in Australia was only natural, since the threat of radioactivity was little cause for concern in the expanse of the Central Australian desert.

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