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Monday, 24 May 2004
Page: 28790


Mr LATHAM (Leader of the Opposition) (2:00 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. Is the Prime Minister aware of reports today of a number of Australian babies who have died due to unsafe bath cradles, many of which remain on the market and in thousands of Australian homes? Is the Prime Minister also aware that in at least one of these cases the coroner recommended the recall of the cradles as a matter of urgency? What action is the government taking to develop and enforce national safety standards for the testing of these products, improve information for parents and consumers, and have a compulsory national recall of unsafe bath cradles? Will the government now implement Labor's policy announced in March and introduce uniform product safety legislation into the federal parliament?


Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —I am aware of the reports, and I assume the Leader of the Opposition is referring to the report that was in today's Sydney Morning Herald. I will no doubt get some further information about the accuracy or otherwise of that report. Without in any way wishing to trivialise the matter, I would have thought that it involved fair trading laws for the New South Wales government, for example—just off the top of my head. There may be other laws that are involved, and if there is any further thing that can be done by the federal government it will be done.