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Monday, 29 May 2000
Page: 16505

Mr Andren asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 3 April 2000:

(1) What testing is in place to monitor the content of distillate in light of recent revelations about the use of toluene in leaded and unleaded petrol.

(2) Has his Department received any complaints since the toluene revelations about the content of distillate; if so, what were the complaints.

(3) If someone suspects they have been sold contaminated distillate, what should they do.

Mr Anderson (Deputy Prime Minister) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The oil refiners in Australia monitor and regularly test the fuels, including diesel, that they supply to the market. This is undertaken to ensure the fuels are in compliance with both the Australian Standard and more comprehensive company standards.

(2) No.

(3) People who suspect they have bought contaminated fuel should initially raise their concerns with the service station operator where the fuel was purchased. If they are not satisfied with the response, they should contact the fair trading or consumer affairs office in their State and the oil company whose name is displayed at the service station.