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Friday, 19 October 1984
Page: 2073

Senator FOREMAN —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment. I draw the Minister's attention to the case of an American buoyancy vest called America's Cup which has been found to be unsafe. This vest is, however, still on the market. Is the Government considering changes to consumer protection laws so that there can be a mandatory recall or modification of unsafe goods such as this, so that the Australian public can be better protected?

Senator RYAN —I recall this matter being raised some time ago. I think at that stage it was referred to the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment. It is certainly the intention of our Government, and of the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment in particular, to have uniform consumer protection legislation throughout Australia, which I expect would cover ways of dealing with an unsafe product which was on the market. I do not have any specific information about the matter to which Senator Foreman referred, so I will seek an answer from the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment.