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Wednesday, 13 May 1981
Page: 2385

(Question No. 1764)


Mr Bungey asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 9 April 1981:

What deficiencies in fire protection did the Commonwealth Fire Board find in its inspection of (a) the National Library, Canberra (b) Keswick Barracks, Adelaide, South Australia (c) the Customs House, Adelaide (d) Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia and (e) Torrens Island Quarantine Station, South Australia, during 1979-80.


Mr Newman —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Commonwealth Fire Board found deficiencies during its inspections of the above establishments as follows:

National Library, Canberra Lack of an automatic suppression system throughout the building

Automatic closers for fire doors missing

Egress provisions from basement and computer room inadequate

Housekeeping and storage arrangements in certain areas not satisfactory

Keswick Barracks, Adelaide, South Australia Lack of fire isolation of some stairways and mess facilities in the officers quarters

Lack of emergency lighting in stairways

Vertical escape ladders

Customs House, Adelaide Lack of fire isolation of stairways and emergency lighting

Insufficient ventilation of printing room

Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia Egress from solaria of some Wards inadequate

Lack of fire compartmentation and unsatisfactory heating arrangements in RALAC building

Torrens Island Quarantine Station, South Australia Lack of direct alarm line to South Australia Fire Brigade

Unsatisfactory ventilation of battery charging room

Lack of access track and fire breaks around perimeter.