Veteran welcomes nuclear test probe

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A NUCLEAR test veteran has described the Government’s decision to investigate their health concerns as the “news they had been waiting for”.

Veterans believe they have suffered illnesses – including cancers, skin defects and fertility problems – because of exposure to ionising radiation during tests on the Australian mainland, Monte Bello Islands and Christmas Island during the Cold War in the 1950s and 1960s.

Now the Government has announced that officials would work with a representative sample of veterans and their offspring to investigate ongoing health concerns.


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