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      6   GAS APPLIANCE SAFETY—REPORT FROM MAIN COMMITTEE

The Speaker reported that the order of the day relating to the private Member’s motion on gas appliance safety had been debated in the Main Committee and returned to the House, and presented a certified copy of the motion viz.: Dr Stone—That this House:

(1)    mourns the tragic loss of young Chase and Tyler Robinson, who died at Mooroopna on 30 May 2010 in a recently rented home;

(2)    notes that Chase and Tyler Robinson were the victims of a faulty gas wall heater emitting carbon monoxide; and

(3)    calls upon the Australian Government to work with the State and Territory governments through the Council of Australian Governments to:

(a)    urgently introduce legislation that requires:

(i)    approved carbon monoxide detectors to be fitted in all homes that have gas appliances; and

(ii)   landlords to arrange for suitably qualified contractors to biannually inspect all gas appliances and associated fittings in rental properties; and

(b)   institute a national safety awareness campaign alerting all Australians to the dangers and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and the need to regularly maintain gas appliances to ensure that they operate efficiently and safely.

Debate resumed by Dr Stone who moved, by leave, that the motion be amended to read—That this House:

(1)    mourns the tragic loss of young Chase and Tyler Robinson, who died at Mooroopna on 30 May 2010 in a recently rented home;

(2)    notes that Chase and Tyler Robinson were the victims of a faulty gas wall heater emitting carbon monoxide; and

(3)    calls upon the Australian government to work through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to task the Ministerial Council on Energy (MCE) to work with state and territory gas safety regulators to mitigate the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from household gas appliances by urgently developing a strategy, which:

(a)    explores the following:

(i)    a requirement for all residential properties with gas appliances to be fitted with an approved carbon monoxide detector;

(ii)   a requirement for all residential landlords to have gas appliances installed in rental properties inspected by qualified contractors at intervals to be determined;

(iii)  the promotion of greater safety awareness, alerting all Australians to the dangers and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and the need to regularly maintain household gas appliances;

(iv)  the identification of training and workforce requirements to meet any recommendations, such as increasing the number of trained gas fitters to undertake safety checks; and

(v)   any other options that may mitigate the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from household gas appliances; and

(b)   will be provided to the MCE for urgent decision and implementation, accompanied, if required, by a Regulatory Impact Statement.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put and passed.

Question—That the motion, as amended, be agreed to—put and passed.