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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3155


Mr Goodluck (FRANKLIN, TASMANIA) asked the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, upon notice, on 14 May 1980:

Has his Department been asked to investigate reports that disposable gas lighters are dangerous, especially when used for lighting gas cylinders; if so, is there any substance in the reports.


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

The Depanment of Business and Consumer Affairs has been asked to investigate reports that disposable gas lighters may pose a safety hazard. These reports have not, however, referred to the use of disposable gas lighters for lighting gas cylinders.

These reports have been investigated by the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs and the Commonwealth /State Consumer Products Advisory Committee (CSCPAC) which comprises Commonwealth, State and Territory consumer affairs officials. CSCPAC has received advice from New South Wales Government officials who have undertaken tests into the safety aspects of butane cigarette lighters. These tests have not indicated any product safety hazard for butane cigarette lighters except for some valve failures with one brand of lighter which has now been withdrawn from sale.

On the present evidence available, action to ban the supply of butane cigarette lighters would not appear to be justified. The Department of Business and Consumer Affairs will continue to investigate any complaints should they arise and if action to ban the supply of these goods appears necessary I will re-examine the matter.







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