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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 78

(Question No. 4834)


Mr Duncan asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 22 October 1986:

(1) Does his Department have a policy on the handling and disposal of toxic wastes.

(2) Do his Department's toxic waste disposal procedures comply with Commonwealth, State and Local Government legislation and subordinate regulations.

(3) Does his Department engage civilian waste disposal contractors; if so, do the procedures followed by these contractors comply with the law.

(4) What procedures exist for the disposal of hazardous wastes generated by defence force personnel overseas.

(5) Will the new Commonwealth-State hazardous chemicals control scheme apply to his Department; if not, why not.


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

(1) Yes. The policy for the handling and disposal of toxic wastes is reflected in various publications applicable to the functional areas of the Department.

(2) Yes.

(3) Yes. Contract terms require compliance with State and Territory laws.

(4) Ships on overseas deployment stow and return wastes to Australia for disposal. In other cases hazardous waste may be disposed in overseas locations if the law of the country permits.

(5) Yes.