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Thursday, 9 December 1976
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Mr Fry asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

Will he make available to the Parliament a report on vinyl chloride monomer levels in vegetable oils that was referred to in his joint press release with the Minister for Science on 21 October 1976.


Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The report on vinyl chloride monomer levels in vegetable oils to which the honourable member refers was part of a continuous monitoring program by the Food Standards Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

I have provided to the Parliamentary Library copies of a summary of the report excluding brand names and individual analyses.

Following the release of the results to the Plastics Institute of Australia the plastics industry has provided the following additional information regarding the date of manufacture of the 52 bottles that exceeded the NH and MRC recommended maximum level of 0.03 mg of vinyl chloride monomer per kilogram of contained food.

(a)   37 were known to be made in Australia prior to the announcement of the latest NH and MRC guidelines.

(   b) 11 were known to be made in Australia but details of date of manufacture were not traceable.

(c)   4 were of overseas origin.

From this information it is clear that a maximum of 1 1 bottles out of575 samples could have been manufactured in Australia after the latest NH and MRC recommended levels.

In addition, a number of State Departments of Health and the Plastics Institute of Australia have carried out monitoring programs parallel to the study referred to above and these surveys have shown the number of samples exceeding the NH and MRC recommended levels is now extremely low.

I would stress that there is no evidence of toxicity from ingestion of the trace amounts of vinyl chloride monomer (vcm) found in food. The only evidence of toxicity has occurred in the inhalation of vcm in extremely large quantities over extended periods of time. The maximum levels recommended by the NH and MRC were based on the minimum levels attainable by the plastics industry by stria adherence to good manufacturing practice.

This matter will be maintained under continual review by the Food Standards Committee of the NH and MRC in the light of further data on vcm and refinements in the plastics industry.

Australian Population and Immigration Council (Question No. 1696)


Mr Innes asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs:

(   1 ) Who are the present members of the Australian Population and Immigration Council.

(2)   When was it reconstituted.

(3)   How many committees of the Council have been set up, and what are their titles and areas of responsibiUty.

(4)   Who are the members of each of these committees.

(5)   How many times has (a) the Council and (b) each committee met since the Council 's reconstitution.

(6)   How many times has each member of (a) the Council and (b) each committee been present at such meetings.


Mr MacKellar - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The present members of the Australian Population and Immigration Council are:

Hon. M. J. R. MacKellar, M.P., Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Chairman

Professor W. D. Borrie, O.B.E.

DrL. A.Brodribb

DrD.R.Cox

MrJ.A.Gobbo,Q.C.

MrR.J.Hawke

Professor W. P. Hogan

MrJ.A.Kiosoglous,S.M.

MrG.Lapaine

Professor J. D. B. Miller

DrG.M.Neutze

MrG.Polites, M.B.E.

Mr J.F.Rich

Dr A.Richardson

MrH.I.Souter,A.M.

Professor R. J. Walsh, AO., O.B.E.

(2)   The Australian Population and Immigration Council was reconstituted on 30 March 1 976.

(   3 ) The three committees of the Council are:

Demography Committee

Migration Planning Committee

Social Studies Committee

Current areas of responsibility:

Demography Committee

Examination of the implications of current demographic trends in Australia.

Monitoring of demographic trends in overseas countries.

Study of recent significant research in Australia and overseas concerning population and immigration.

Migration Planning Committee

Preparation of a Green Paper on population and immigration policies.

Advising on the size and composition of immigration programs.

Study of sources of migrants.

The implications of migration for international relations and related matters.

Social Studies Committee

Examination of the report on the 1973 immigration survey 'A Decade of Migrant Settlement'.

Feedback of post arrival experience to migrant selection and counselling.

Review of policies and procedures relating to migrant selection.

(4)   Demography Committee

Professor W. D. Borne, O.B.E.- Chairman

DrL.A. Brodribb

MrR.J.Hawke

Professor W. P. Hogan

Mr J.A. Kiosoglous, S.M.

Mr G.Lapaine

DrG.M.Neutze

MrG.Polites, M.B.E.

Professor R. J. Walsh, A.O., O.B.E.

Migration Planning Committee

Mr J.F. Rich Chairman

Professor W. D. Borrie, O.B.E.

DrL.A. Brodribb

DrD.R.Cox

MrJ.A.Gobbo, Q.C.

MrR. J. Hawke

Professor W. P. Hogan

Professor J. D. B. Miller

MrG.Polites, M.B.E.

Dr ARichardson

MrH.J.Souter.AM.

Social Studies Committee

Mr J.A Gobbo, Q.C-Chairman

DrD. R.Cox

Mr J.A. Kiosoglous, S.M.

Mr G.Lapaine

Professor J. D. B. Miller

DrG.M.Neutze

Mr J.F.Rich

Dr A.Richardson

MrH.J.Souter,A.M.

Professor R. J. Walsh, A.O., O.B.E.

(5)-

(a)   The Council has met once since reconstitution. Its next meeting will be on Monday 1 3 December 1 976.

(b)   The Committees have met the following number of times:

 

(6)   The attendance record as at 2 December 1 976 is:

 







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