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Thursday, 27 March 1980
Page: 1087


Senator O'BYRNE (TASMANIA) - by leave- Yesterday I received a letter from the Minister for Science and the Environment in reply to a question that I asked on 13 November concerning the movement of dangerous substances. I seek leave to have the letter incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The letter read as follows-26 Mar 1980

My dear Senator,

On 13 November 1 979 you asked my predecessor, Senator the Hon J. J. Webster a question without notice concerning the movement of dangerous substances. Further to Senator Webster's answer my Department, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, has provided the following additional information.

The transport of dangerous goods by air, and by sea in ships engaged in interstate and international trade is regulated by the Commonwealth Government, and requirements for the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail and in ports is the responsibility of the respective State and Territory Governments. The Australian Transport Advisory Council (ATAC) (comprising Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers with responsibility for transport matters) has been encouraging the development of uniform legislation and regulations for the transport of dangerous goods throughout Australia. To this end ATAC's Advisory Committee on the Transport of Dangerous Goods has recently prepared a new draft Code of requirements for the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail. When endorsed by ATAC Ministers this Code could form the basis for uniform legislation and regulations for the land transport of dangerous goods throughout Australia. The Code includes classification, labelling, packaging and documentation requirements and is based on the Inter-governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation (IMCO), International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code and the recommendations of the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

This Code docs not indicate which authorities should be notified of a movement of dangerous goods. This is a matter for the respective State and Territory Governments.

Requirements for the shipment of dangerous goods by sea in ships on international or interstate voyages are specified by the Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations under the Commonwealth's Navigation Act 1912. Through these regulations Australia has adopted the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code. The Regulations require prior notification to the Department of Transport of shipments of all dangerous goods.

The air transport of dangerous goods is governed by Air Navigation Orders issued under the Air Navigation Act 1920. These orders specify the requirements for classification, labelling, packaging, handling and carriage of dangerous goods by air by adoption of the International Air Transport Association Restricted Articles Regulations. Prior notification to the aircraft captain of restricted articles to be carried in an aircraft is required.

Yours sincerely,

DAVID THOMSON

Senator the Hon.Justin O 'Byrne, Parliament House, CANBERRA. A.C.T. 2600







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