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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2159

Question No. 528

Mr Connolly asked the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 14 September 1983:

(1) To what extent will the three-year national air quality data program involve State co-operation.

(2) Have the States agreed to a set of national standards.

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

(1) The National Air Quality Data Program is being implemented in co-operation with State governments who are consulted through the mechanism of the Australian Environment Council (AEC). The Council has endorsed an Indicative National Air Quality Monitoring Network. Responsible authorities in a number of States contribute air quality data for collection and analysis by the National Air Quality Data Centre established in my Department. The data centre is being progressively developed. Under the National Air Quality Data Program the Commonwealth will provide air quality monitoring and data processing equipment to State authorities on long-term loan to facilitate the collection and transmission to the data centre of nationally uniform air quality data.

(2) The Australian Environment Council, in co-operation with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH and MRC), is currently revising national air pollution emission standards and standardised methods for monitoring air quality, which were published in 1979 and 1977 respectively. It is expected that the revised standards will be referred to the councils for adoption in due course.