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Tuesday, 6 March 1973
Page: 204

Dr JENKINS (SCULLIN, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Transport and Minister for Civil Aviation whether his attention has been drawn to a recent statement regarding the deaths of people in air crashes being due to cyanide gas, carbon monoxide and other gases from burning curtains, seat covers and so on, even though those people have survived impact. If so, has his Department investigated the matter to determine what articles give off such toxic substances? What steps are proposed to be taken by the Department to reduce the risks from these causes?

Mr CHARLES JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Transport) - I noticed in one of the Sydney newspapers recently a very interesting article on the number of deaths that were allegedly caused by fumes as the result of fire on board aircraft. It is a fairly technical question which the honourable doctor has asked me. I have referred the matter to the Department of Civil Aviation and asked the medical officers in that Department to give me a full and detailed report which I will make available to the honourable member when it is ready.

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