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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2785..


Fireworks

(Question No 1498)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 4 May 2004:

(1) Further to a media release issued by the Minister on 29 March 2004 A.C.T. WorkCover which reported that during the explosives and fireworks amnesty before the Dangerous Substances Act 2004 came into effect, they made eight referrals to the Bomb Squad, has A.C.T. WorkCover received any reports of the outcomes of the investigation by the Bomb Squad into these referrals;

(2) If so, what are the outcomes;

(3) If not, when is A.C.T. WorkCover expecting reports from the Bomb Squad on the outcomes of the referrals;

(4) Where did A.C.T. WorkCover store these surrendered explosives and fireworks;

(5) What did A.C.T. WorkCover do with the surrendered explosives and fireworks.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No, the matters referred to the AFP Bomb Squad were those that ACT WorkCover assessed as requiring additional expertise to collect and dispose of the material. The arrangement made with the Bomb Squad was for them to collect and dispose of the material. No reporting back was anticipated. No investigations were conducted as the explosives were surrendered under an amnesty.

(2) See (1)

(3) See (1)

(4) Explosives surrendered to ACT WorkCover were stored in ACT WorkCover's explosives magazine.

(5) The fireworks surrendered to ACT WorkCover were sent to a disposal facility in NSW for destruction. Other explosives collected were handed over to the AFP Bomb Squad for disposal or for use in their training exercises.

Fireworks

(Question No 1499)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 4 May 2004:

(1) Since the Dangerous Substances Act 2004 came into effect on 31 March, have there been any reports to A.C.T. WorkCover about any illegal explosives or fireworks in the A.C.T.;

(2) If so, how many reports have there been and what steps has A.C.T. WorkCover taken to investigate them;


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