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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 779 ..

Mr Stanhope (continuing):


provides further evidence to support these "lingering concerns" that there is a causal link between high voltage power lines and childhood leukaemia. Although not released, the report is believed to re-examine previous research. We believe the findings suggest a significant increase in the risk of childhood leukaemia for children living in close proximity to high voltage power lines.

Various agencies, groups and governments will assess the report when it is released later this week.-

so, we are expecting it to be released shortly-

According to Energy Networks in the ACT, high voltage power lines run close to the Parkway, across golf courses (e.g. Woodhaven Green where houses do back onto the golf course), through parkland, and behind some residences (e.g. McKellar). Given that electromagnetic fields dissipate quickly as the distance away from the source increases, the risk of cancer from exposure to magnetic fields produced by power lines in the ACT is extremely low.

The incidence rate of childhood leukaemia has remained stable in the ACT since reporting started in 1982, with about 4.5 per 100,000 children aged 0 to 9 years newly diagnosed.

Mr Speaker, that is the information to me from the Chief Health Officer. I must say that I am very proud that this matter has been watched and examined by the health protection service. We will continue to do so and, as indicated in the briefing from the Chief Health Officer to me, when the Doll report is released we will examine it closely.

ACTION bus accidents

MR SMYTH: Yesterday, Mr Hargreaves asked for information about an accident that occurred at 4.30 pm on Launceston Street, Woden on Sunday and whether ACTION was involved. The ACTION bus was not involved in the accident in any way. The ACTION bus driver, who was en route to the Woden interchange, witnessed the accident and stopped to offer his name and address as a witness and to check whether emergency services were required. After giving his details to the person involved in the accident, he continued on his way with his driving duties.

Latham shops-proposed auction of adjacent land

MS TUCKER (3.33): I move:

That this Assembly calls on the Government to:

(1) postpone the proposed auction of block 3, section 31, Latham until the development application for the redevelopment of the adjacent Latham local shops, block 1 section 31, is resolved; and

(2) depending on the outcome of the redevelopment proposal for the Latham local shops, review the development conditions for block 3 section 31 before auction to ensure that development on the two blocks is integrated.

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