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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . . Page.. 1160..


Fireworks industry

(Question No 107)

Ms Dundas asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 6 March 2002:

1. What is the total value of the fireworks industry?

2. What is the regulatory regime for the (a) sale, (b) manufacture and (c) use of fireworks?

3. Is there a licensing system for the sale, manufacture and use of fireworks?

4. What are the requirements for a person to obtain a license for the sale or manufacture or use of fireworks?

5. How many inspectors are employed by the department or regulatory authority to monitor the sale, manufacture or use of fireworks?

6. Is it usual for the Commissioner for Occupational Health and Safety to attend inspections at premises where fireworks are either sold, manufactured or used?

7. If yes, how many inspections has that officer attended, (a) when, (b) where were the inspections held?

8. How many charges or prosecutions (civil and criminal) have been initiated by WorkCover against traders in the fireworks industry?

9. What were the outcomes of these civil and criminal actions?

10. How much money has been expended by Workcover in charges and prosecutions against members of the fireworks industry since 24 June 2000?

11. Has the Commissioner for Occupational Health & Safety, provided advice to (a) the Minister or (b) a public servant, on the closure of the fireworks industry?

12. How many civil actions have been commenced against the Government and/or its agencies from members of the fireworks industry?

13. What is the nature of these claims?

14. What are the amounts of compensation and/or damages of these claims?

15. For fireworks displays, does the Government or its agencies purchase goods and services from the local fireworks industry?

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. What is the total value of the fireworks industry?

Unknown. The Commissioner for Occupational Health and Safety provided estimates of possible industry value in reports on the last three fireworks seasons. As stated in the first of the reports, it is difficult to ascertain the exact value of the fireworks industry to the ACT economy as there is no reliable data.


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