DESTRUCTION FORCES 'TERRIBLE DANGER TO WORLD' Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. The terrible danger to the world that would be created through uncontrolled use of such scientific discoveries as the atomic bomb was stressed by the Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, in the House of Representatives last evening when replying to the debate on the United Nations Charter. "We would be unworthy of the present and of the future if individually, as members of Parliament and collectively as citizens of New Zealand, we do not do everything in our power to help to create a world organisation that will effectively control those mighty agencies—some discovered' and some yet to be discovered—which, if not controlled, will overwhelm the world and every human being in it," said Mr. Fraser.
The Prime Minister said that science, chemistry and engineering had progressed to such an extent that, as Field-Marshal Smuts had said, what had been done during the war was only a crude beginning of the power of destruction that mankind would shortly be capable of wielding. "I did not expect that there would burst on the world the story that President Truman has told," added Mr. Fraser. He and others closely associated with the war effort had known of the possibilities of the application of atomic energy to war, and members of New Zealand's Department of Scientific and Industrial Research had been associated with the experiments. He did not think when he used FieldMarshal Smuts' words the other day that before the conclusion of the debate the story would burst on the world.
"To say that the vista opened up is appalling is to understate the position," continued the Prime Minister. "One can understand that when Japan was approached the other day the leaders of the United Nations hesitated to use that devastating power without notification to the enemy. Against nations that might misuse such powers future the world must take a stand. After all, scientific discovery is not confined to any one country. If that power had been in the hands of Hitler during the six years of war what would have happened to the Motherland?"
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CONTROL NEED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945
CONTROL NEED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945
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