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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

What has the Government done to study or to update and standardise the relevant laws on industrial safety in the Commonwealth as a means of reducing the cost in life, compensation claims and lost man-weeks caused by industrial accidents in Australia each year.

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

The laws relating to industrial safety in all Stales arc in the hands of State Governments. Views on desirable safely standards are exchanged at meetings of the Departments of Labour Advisory Committee, which meets annually under my- Department's chairmanship, but any changes in legislation are entirely a for the Slates.

Within Commonwealth jurisdiction both the Australian Capital Territory and (he Northern Territory have ordinances on various aspects of industrial safely.

I am informed that in the ACT the Department of he Interior is at present examining legislation and administration practice with a view to updating existing legislation and, where necessary, introducing new legislation to prescribe conditions under which equipment and substances may bc used and conditions under which certain processes may bc undertaken in the ACT.

In the Northern Territory the Administration has recently completed a re-examination of the Inspection of Machinery Ordinance (1941-1962) and prepared proposals for quite far reaching amendments to bring it into line with State legislation. The Scaffolding Inspection Ordinance (1932- 1961) is at .present under review wilh the object of updating its provisions and expanding it to scaffolding, protective clothing, explosive powered tools, excavation and boring, and heavy lifting.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme : Most Common Preparations (Question No. 120)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Health, upon notice:

(1)   What were the names of the twenty preparations prescribed (a) most frequently and (b) in greatest quantity under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in the latest year for which information is available.

(2)   By which firm was each preparation supplied, and at what cost.

Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Year ended 30th June 1969


(2)   The information requested relates to a significant proportion of the trading activities of competitive firms in the pharmaceutical industry. This information is treated as strictly confidential and therefore has not been supplied.

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