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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2333

Dr Everingham asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   Is it estimated that one Australian in 20 is destined to die as a result of a traffic accident.

(2)   Are traffic accidents the chief cause of loss of life between infancy and retirement.

(3)   Is one-tenth of Australia's work force employed in supplying, producing, tending or driving motor vehicles.

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

The Commonwealth Statistician has supplied the following information in reply to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The proportion of all deaths registered over the 5 years 1966 to 1970 attributable to motor vehicle accidents has been as follows (per cent):


If this pattern of causes were to continue, the proportion of Australians dying in an accident of this kind would be one in 23 for males and one in 53 for females.

(2)   For Australia in 1970 the 4 main causes of death of all males and females who died at ages below 65 are shown in the table below. Over this age range as a whole, motor vehicle accidents ranked third as a cause for males and fourth for females.

In the age groups 5 to 14 and 15 to 24, for both sexes, motor vehicle accidents were the principal cause of death. At ages 25 to 34 they were still the first-ranking cause for males and second-ranking cause for females.


(3)   Figures from the 1966 Census indicate that about 8 per cent of the total labour force were engaged in the activities listed. This includes all persons in the industries listed below, together with those persons in other industries who had one of the occupations listed below.

Industries -

Manufacture, assembly and repair of motor vehicles

Motor engineering

Manufacture of motor bodies and trailers

Vulcanising and tyre retreading

Motor vehicles and accessories distributors - wholesale

Motor vehicles and accessories dealing - retail (including service stations) Occupations - Service station attendants

Car, taxi, hire car drivers

Truck and van drivers, motor drivers, delivery men

Mail contractors

Other drivers of road transport

Vehicle body builders

Motor vehicle mechanics

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