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New Parliamentary Secretary to oversight national chemical regulatory scheme.

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MEDIA RELEASE  Parliamentary Secretary to The Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business

The Hon Mal Brough MP

  2 March 2000  1/00



The Hon Mal Brough, MP, announced today that he will oversight the operations of the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) in his new position as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business. 

Mr Brough said NICNAS has a vital role to play in ensuring chemicals are used safely by assessing their risk in the Australian community. NICNAS provides information on chemicals which is made widely available to the community, government and industry. 

“The protection of the health of Australian workers, the public and our environment, is paramount. To achieve this, the government has set in place the regulatory activities of NICNAS,” Mr Brough said. 

“This Government has made significant reforms to NICNAS that are focused on assisting the chemical industry and in particular small business enterprises that operate in that sector. 

“Reforms, developed in consultation with the industry, have been introduced which encourage the introduction of safer technologies, less hazardous chemicals and chemicals of low risk at reduced costs and less data requirement on industry. The reforms have also focused on simplifying the bureaucratic red tape associated with regulatory arrangements. 

“The Government is working to ensure a viable Australian industrial chemical industry while maintaining standards to ensure the health and safety of Australian workplaces and the community.” 

Mr Brough looks forward to achieving further improvements in the scheme to ensure that it meets its objectives and assists Australian industry to obtain best practice standards of chemical safety. 

Media inquiries:  Mal Brough on 0419 651 563