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Notice given 22 June 2005

*973  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Is the Minister aware of scientific evidence that identifies the significant problems for human health and ecological systems related to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

(2) What information does the Minister have on: (a) the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on neurological and behavioural development from gestational exposure in humans; (b) the concentrations of manufactured endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the environment and in humans; and (c) the concentrations of manufactured endocrine-disrupting chemicals in food.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that studies of wildlife have provided effective models for understanding endocrine disruption at the molecular, cellular, individual, population and ecosystem levels.

(4) What plans exist to provide greater support for investigating endocrine disruption in wildlife and human systems.

(5) How much money is spent by the Government on: (a) monitoring exposure levels to endocrine-disrupting chemicals; and (b) monitoring and investigating the health effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

(6) Are there any plans to expand the role of the Office of Chemical Safety and/or the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme to allow it to investigate the level of endocrine-disrupting chemicals mixed into products imported into the country.