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Monday, 30 May 1994
Page: 898

(Question No. 1281)

Senator Chamarette asked the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, upon notice, on 3 May 1994:

  (1) Is the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA) undertaking a program of reviewing existing chemicals; if so, when will the review begin and by what process will the chemicals be prioritised for review.

  (2) Have any chemicals already been identified as requiring to be reviewed as a matter of urgency; if so, what are the names of the chemicals.

  (3) Has the NRA determined to establish a community consultative committee to obtain input from the wider community on an ongoing basis; if not, why not.

  (4) If a community consultative committee is to be established, how will the membership of the committee be determined and when is it to be formed.

Senator Collins —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) The National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA) has initiated a program to review existing chemicals. It

is planned to commence in January 1995, following an extended and comprehensive program of consultation with all stakeholders. The process by which chemicals will be selected and prioritised for review will be decided after consultation with stakeholders.

  (2) No.

  (3) Yes.

  (4) The NRA has commissioned a public interest group to prepare a report on such issues as size of the Community Consultative Committee, method of selection of members, the basis of membership, and the resources required to support the Committee. The Committee will be formed as soon as the NRA receives and makes a decision on the report.