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Thursday, 17 February 1977

Mr Morris asked the Minister for the Capital Territory, upon notice:

With reference to the answer provided to Question No. 1241, by whom are restrictions being considered and when will the restrictions be made public.

Mr Staley (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Capital Territory) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The A.C.T. Consumer Affairs Bureau is at present considering the most appropriate way of prohibiting the sale of child car seats and harnesses not certified to comply with Australian Standard 1754. This is as a result of a request from the A.C.T Consumer Affairs Council which is concerned about the sale of unapproved restraining devices in the Territory.

The Bureau is considering whether action can be taken under existing legislation or whether new legislation will be required. In the latter case the alternatives of specific legislation for child car seats and harnesses or general consumer product safety legislation will be examined.

Any restrictions imposed will be made known as soon as the necessary legislation is gazetted. In the interim the Consumer Affairs Council has issued a press release advising the public on how to select the approved restraining devices.

The Department of the Capital Territory will introduce legislation to amend the Motor Traffic Ordinance 1936 to require the wearing of approved restraints where fitted as soon as possible.

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