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Thursday, 21 September 1972
Page: 1107

Senator WEBSTER - Mr Acting Deputy President,I wish to address a question to Senator Cotton and 1 ask for your permission to advert to a question I asked earlier. I ask the Minister whether he will study my question and at an early date, bring a written reply to the Senate to those questions that have been raised. Next, I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport whether he is aware of a recent statement by the deputy chairman of Victoria's road safety and traffic authority, Dr Grayton-Brown, that more than half of all road deaths and serious injuries were caused by drivers with a blood alcohol content of 0.10 per cent or higher. Can the Minister inform me whether there are any funds for research under the control of the Minister for Shipping and Transport directed towards the solution of this particular and most important problem?

Senator COTTON - The short answer to the double-barrelled question is yes; no. To elaborate I would say that most certainly the honourable senator may take it that in any circumstances a question like his, which was an important question and which called for detail, would receive a written answer. The honourable senator may be sure of that. As far as the blood alcohol question is concerned, it is foreign to me to be personally involved in such a problem. Nonetheless, it is a serious problem. I believe that the Road Transport Advisory Council studies these matters and I imagine it has some funds though I do not think they are great. The proposition that this is one of the principal causes of accidents I think is perfectly correct. I think we should all be concerned about it, and I will take the honourable senator's suggestion to the responsible Minister.

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