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Wednesday, 22 June 1994
Page: 1944

(Question No. 1417)


Senator Bell asked the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, upon notice, on 31 May 1994:

  (1) What progress has been made toward establishing the suspected adverse chemical reaction register to which Senator Sherry referred during the debate on the National Registration Authority bills.

  (2) What protocols will apply for lodging information.

  (3) What health data are currently being collected by the National Injury Surveillance Unit and how is it being collected, publicised and accessed.

  (4) What information is being recorded by Worksafe and how is it collected, publicised and accessed.


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

  (1) The National Registration Authority has advised that development of the Register is continuing and that discussions are currently being held with stakeholders on the main features of the Register. Issues such as the development of an appropriate database and reporting procedure are also being investigated with a view to the Register commencing operations in September of this year.

  (2) Protocols for the Register have not yet been developed.

  (3) Matters concerning the National Injury Surveillance Unit come under the portfolio responsibilities of the Department of Human Services and Health. I have referred your question to my ministerial colleague the Hon Carmen Lawrence MP for direct reply.

  (4) Matters concerning Worksafe Australia come under the portfolio responsibilities of the Department of Industrial Relations. I have referred your question to my ministerial colleague the Hon Gary Johns MP for direct reply.