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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 324

Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 13 September 1979:

(   1 ) Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the report of the study Lead Burden of Sydney Schoolchildren (January 1979) by V. P. Garnys, R. Freeman and L. E. Smythe.

(2)   If so, was the Minister's attention drawn to the findings and recommendations of the report, particularly those which related to automotive exhaust and levels of lead.

(3)   In view of the findings of this study on the adverse effects of lead in petrol on the health of school children, what action has the Minister taken or will he take to ensure the implementation of each of these recommendations.

Mr Anthony -The Minister for National Development and Energy has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:


(3)   As indicated in answers by my colleagues to identical questions (Question No. 4620, Hansard, 9 October 1979, page 1797; Question No. 4621, Hansard, 25 September 1979, page 1535; Question No. 4623, Hansard6 November 1979, page 2666), the issue of the effect of lead additives in petrol on health is the direct concern of my colleague the Hon. M. J. R. MacKellar, Minister for Health, and of his State counterparts.

I have nothing further to add to the answers already given by my colleagues.

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