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FOR PRESS: P.M. NO. 17/1965 - NATIONAL RADIATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE - STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER, THE RT. HON. SIR ROBERT MENZIES

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Menzies, Robert

Period of Service: 19/12/1949 to 26/01/1966

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Release Date: 12/02/1965

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 1060

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FOR PRESS: P. M. No. 17/ 1965
NATIONA'L RiDIATION A! DVISORY COMM1ITTEE
Statement bvyjt...? rime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Sir-Robert Menzies
The Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies announced
today that Professor Sydney Sunderland, Professor ol Experimental
Neurology and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in the University
of Melbourne who had served for more than five years as Chairman
of the National Radiation Advisory Committee had, in view of
many pressing commitments expressed his wish to resign the
position, The Government had accepted Professor Sunderland's
resignation with regret&
Sir Robert said that Professor Sunderland had
given outstanding service to the Government. The Committee
which he had led with such distinction had the important task
of examining, with scientific detachment, the effects of ionising
radiation on the Australian community, including possible effects
in Australia of world-wide fall-out from nuclear weapons tests.
Sir Robert said the Committee's advice on these matters had been
most valuable to the Government and it must indeed be reassuring
to the A1ustralian community to know that these important questions
were under continual review.
The Prime Minister also announced that Professor
P. C. Courtice, Professor of Experimental Pathology John Curtin
School of Medical Research Australian National University,
had accepted the Government's invitation to succeed Professor
Sunderland as Chairman of the Committee.
Professor Courtice is a medical scientist of high
personal and scientific reputation and was, prior to assuming
his present Chair at the Australian National University, the
Director of the Kanematsu Institute of Pathology at Sydney
Hospital for ten years* Before this he had been Reader in
Human Physiology at Oxford, after holding other research posts
and a Queensland Rhodes Scholarship there. Sir Robert said the
Government was gratified that such an eminent medical scientist
as Professor Courtice would lead the Committee in its future
work. CA NBERRA,
12th February, 1965.

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