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Thursday, 16 September 1971
Page: 1500

Dr Everingham asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Will the Attorney-General recommend at the next meeting of Commonwealth and States Attorneys-General the introduction of legislation to (a) oblige coroners to investigate safety factors involved in road accidents as thoroughly as in aircraft accidents, (b) enforce standards for licensed control of land vehicles comparable to standards applied to aircraft and (c) impose on vehicle manufacturers penalties for unsafe practices comparable to penalties imposed on unsafe drug manufacturers.

(2)   If not, will be take unilateral action in respect of the Territories of the Commonwealth.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) en- The AttorneyGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable members' question:

(1)   The determination of safety standards for motor vehiclesis not within my ministerial responsibility or that of my colleagues in the States. Accordingly, a proposal for legislation relating to such standards would not be an appropriate matter for consideration by the Standing Committee of Commonwealth and State AttorneysGeneral.

(2)   Having regard to the foregoing answer to part 1, no.

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