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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 96

Question No. 163


Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 18 May 1983:

(1) Has his attention been drawn to an article 'The Scientific Basis for Carcinogen Detection and Primary Cancer Prevention' by Bernard Weinstein, Professor of Medicine and Environmental Sciences, at Columbia University, New York, in Cancer 1981, pages 1133-41, and reprinted in Ca-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, November/December 1982, and distributed to clinicians by the NSW State Cancer Council.

(2) If so, does table 4 'Chemicals and Industrial Processes that are carcinogenic for humans' contain 18 chemicals and industrial processes almost certainly carcinogenic and another 18 probably carcinogenic.

(3) What proportion of his Department's expenditure has been concerned with protection of (a) human physical health, (b) animals and their welfare, (c) trees and other plants, and (d) scenery.

(4) Is he satisfied that the position revealed in the answer to part (3) represents the correct priorities to be afforded to these matters.


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

(1) Yes.

(2) Yes.

(3) and (4) It is not feasible to present the Department's expenditure in the manner sought. Several activities of my Department are directed to protection of human health, for example, notification, assessment, and control of chemicals, air quality assessment, and environmental impact assessment. Certain of these activities are carried out with the aid and advice of the Commonwealth Department of Health.