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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 777

Senator MULVIHILL - Has the Minister for Health studied the remarks made by Dr Malcolm Lane Brown, a clinical research fellow at the Harvard Medical School who is attending the International Cancer Conference, that many sun barrier lotions are completely useless? What action does your Department take with or without State government co-operation to check the quality of sun barrier lotions on sale at present?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON My attention has been drawn to the article referred to by Senator Mulvihill. Sun barrier lotions are intended, as we all know, to protect persons from sunburn and are not known to possess prophylactic properties against skin cancer. The manufacture of sun barrier lotions takes place in the various States. As far as I am aware there is no manufacture of these products in the Commonwealth Territories - that would be in the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory. As the control of the manufacture of sun lotions comes within the jurisdiction of the States, the Commonwealth is not in a position, if it chose to do so, to take action to control the quality of such preparations. I do not want my answer to be interpreted to mean that this matter has been examined in that sense by the Commonwealth. The point I am making is that this matter does not come within the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth; it is within the jurisdiction of the States.

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