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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1645..











2003 to date


There may have been other incidents involving police intervention, however it is only possible to report on incidents which have been notified to central office.

(2) In relation to restraining order applications, the Court denied one application and the other was withdrawn. These teachers are still current employees.

In relation to police intervention, one teacher was the subject of a departmental investigation and is no longer employed by the department. The other teacher was the subject of criminal proceedings and was suspended from duty without pay pending misconduct action under the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

(3) No, however it is proposed that the new teachers' certified agreement, currently being negotiated, will contain a provision requiring teachers to advise the department if any relevant criminal charges are laid against the teacher after pre-employment checks have been completed.

Gas bottle safety

(Question No 1328)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 4 March 2004:

1. Have there been any safety regulations put in place that state that it is mandatory for all gas bottles attached to residential dwellings and other buildings to have their safety valves pointing away from the dwelling or building and in the safest possible direction;

2. If so, when were they put in place and how are they enforced;

3. If not, why not.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to the member's question (which has been referred to me as it falls within my portfolio responsibilities) is as follows:

1. Regulation 281(2) of the Dangerous Goods Regulations 1978 provides: "A person shall not keep or convey a cylinder or tank containing liquefied petroleum gas, or fill a cylinder or tank with liquefied petroleum gas, except in accordance with AS (Australian Standard) 1596, entitled 'SAA L.P. Gas Code'. I am advised that the relevant Australian Standard requires that cylinders be "installed so the discharge from the relief valve will not impinge on cylinders nor on adjacent combustible buildings or structures".

2. Regulation 281 was made as part of the Dangerous Goods Regulations 1978 (NSW). The Dangerous Goods Act 1975 (NSW) and the NSW regulations were applied as ACT laws in 1984 (by the now repealed Dangerous Goods Act 1984).

The provisions of the Dangerous Goods Regulations are enforced by inspectors appointed under the Dangerous Goods Act and police officers.

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