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Notice given 9 January 2004

2494  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the suicide of ABRO Mark Andrew Starling in March 2002:

(1) Will the Navy implement the recommendations of Cmdr Gary Barrow RAN, who conducted and inquiry into ‘Whether there was any failure to follow the applicable procedures or whether there were any factors that may have led to the delay in finding ABRO Starling’.

(2) Will the Navy institute an inquiry into the circumstances leading to ABRO Starling taking his own life in particular; (a) whether ABRO Starling was subjected to undue pressures within his naval career; (b) whether his naval superiors recognised, or should have recognised, that he was in such stress that he might take his own life; (c) whether adequate psychological support was available; (d) whether he was encouraged to use the available psychological support; (e) what changes should be instituted to protect other seamen who might experience similar severe psychological problems.

2495  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to Sydney Airport Master Plan:

(1) Will the government institute an inquiry into the Sydney Airport Master Plan, to determine whether it; (a) is compatible with long-term strategies for handling aircraft traffic in Sydney; and (b) will create excessive problems for the inhabitants of surrounding suburbs with respect to noise pollution, chemical pollution, safety, and or traffic.

(2) Will councils and affected residents in the surrounding suburbs have the opportunity to make written or verbal submissions to such an inquiry.

(3) If there is to be no inquiry; (a) what is the government’s determination on the issues identified in paragraph (1); and (b) what are the reason for that determination.

2496  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to health problems associated with aluminium dust:

(1) Is the government aware of any industrial health problems caused by exposure to oxidised aluminium dust particles of less than 1 micron in size.

(2) What is the maximum level of such air-borne alumina dust to which workers in industry may safely be exposed.

(3) As this dust is attracted to moisture; (a) what human health concerns are there associated with this dust when it comes into contact with the moist tissues and organs of the human body; (b) and is the risk heightened for sensitive tissues such as sweat glands, eyes, esophageus, nerve, aural, lungs and digestive tissues.

(4) How dangerous is such dust in relation to the risk of protein malformation.

(5) What are the dangers of the cumulative effects of alumina dust.