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Wednesday, 8 May 1985
Page: 1588

(Question No. 82)

Senator Jones asked the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, upon notice, on 20 March 1985:

(1) Is the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce aware of claims, by the Transport Workers Union of Australia (Queensland Branch), that conditions in petroleum product depots in some areas of Queensland, are totally unsafe and that many of these depots are operated by firms in receipt of Federal Government subsidies.

(2) Will the Minister order a thorough investigation before further Commonwealth money is expended to shore up the unsafe operation of some independent wholesalers of petroleum products who allegedly have depots without connected water, telephones or fire extinguishers, broken electricity cables leading to the danger of static electricity and petroleum products becoming a volatile cocktail and a general run-down of safety standards leaving the community as a whole at risk in several areas of south-east Queensland, notably Toowoomba and Ipswich.

Senator Button —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) The safety aspects of storage depots are the responsibility of the Queensland Government.

(2) See also my answers to Questions No. 80 and 81.