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Wednesday, 8 December 1976

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Health: Has he noticed the caustic findings of the Royal Commission on Petroleum in its fifth report tabled 3 weeks ago to the effect that present State proposals on lead phase-down will exceed $500m in capital cost and will add not less than Se a gallon to the cost of motor spirit, whereas the public health objectives now set can be achieved at negligible cost by the deployment of other methods of phasing down lead, and massive expenditure can be avoided without detracting from accepted public health objectives.

Mr MacKenzie - Table the document if you were reading it.

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It was tabled 3 weeks ago yesterday. I am asking whether the Minister has read it. What steps has his Department taken to eliminate the lead hazard more expeditiously, effectively and economically?

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