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New legislation to control distribution of regular unleaded petrol and mandate the use of low aromatic fuels has been passed by the House of Representatives.
The intention of the new bill is to support efforts to prevent petrol sniffing. The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said the legislation would give the Australian Government the power to strengthen the existing voluntary rollout of low aromatic fuel under the Petrol sniffing prevention program, with options for mandatory arrangements for supply in certain areas.
‘The introduction of low aromatic fuel has been shown to make an impact, reducing the incidence of petrol sniffing by more than 70% and up to 90% in some areas. The success of the program depends on restricting access to regular unleaded petrol on a regional basis,' he said.
‘Unfortunately, there are some sites that have refused to take part in the voluntary program, and their refusal undermines the efforts and impact of participating sites in nearby regions.'
The Australian Government made a series of amendments to the original bill, strengthening some provisions and giving the Minister power to act if the state and territory governments failed to take steps to ensure the supply of low aromatic fuel within their jurisdictions.
At present there are 127 sites receiving low aromatic fuel across rural and remote Australia.
Source: Department of Health and Ageing
Hon. Warren Snowdon MP
Minister for Indigenous Health
Canberra ACT 2600
Ph: (02) 6277 7820
Fax: (02) 6273 4117