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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 2 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 644..


fireworks in the A.C.T. since the Dangerous Substances Act 2004 came into effect on 31 March;

(2) If so, (a) how many reports and (b) what steps has A.C.T. Workcover taken to investigate them;

(3) If there have been reports made to A.C.T. Workcover about any illegal explosives or fireworks in the A.C.T. how many (a) calls/reports were received, (b) explosives or fireworks seized, (c) referrals made to the Bomb Squad and (d) warnings issued.

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

(1) There have been a number of reports to ACT WorkCover regarding fireworks for the period between 5 April 2004 (commencement of the Dangerous Substances Act 2004) and 7 December 2004. ACT WorkCover has not received any reports regarding illegal explosives for that period.

(2) (a) There have been 31 reports to ACT WorkCover regarding fireworks for the period between 5 April 2004 and 7 December 2004 (not including reports received over the Queen's Birthday weekend, 11 - 14 June 2004).

(b) ACT WorkCover reviewed the information in relation to each report and launched a detailed investigation into two of them. In relation to one of the reports, a brief of evidence has been prepared and forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

(3) (a) See answer 2 (a) above.

(b) Unauthorised fireworks seized include one box of mixed fireworks and three boxes of prohibited fireworks (match crackers).

(c) No referrals were made to the Australian Federal Police Bomb Squad during this period.

(d) One warning was issued.

Emergency procedures

(Question No 19)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

(1) Is the Minister aware of a report by the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC) saying that most Australian States are failing to ensure that people who live and work near dangerous industries know what to do in emergencies;

(2) Is the A.C.T. failing to ensure that people who live and work near dangerous industries know what to do in emergencies;

(3) What steps is the Government taking, if any, to address the concerns of the NOHSC.

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

(1) Yes.


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